Dear Michael, my former colleague,
This is Jonas LaMattery-Brownell. I am now teaching adolescents in a psychiatric hospital. It is quite wonderful, I am so lucky to have meaningful work I can survive on. I am currently developing with a small group of colleagues more curriculum on climate change, and I hope to win a grant proposal I put in to create a small garden with my hospitalized students which can open up both educational and therapeutic possibilities.
Thank you for your work with Sierra Club, your work to make this organization more relevant to our biggest environmental challenges.
I want to share with you one humble question: Can you give serious consideration to the possibilities of addressing climate change ALSO through advocating the promise of reducing dependence on animal agriculture? Personally, I have gone vegan after learning of this industry's tremendous role not only in climate change but also in a plethora of environmental harms--and also because I wish, as much as I can, to not partake in killing animals or making them miserable. Not everyone can go vegan, but many U.S. people can, when given facts and seeing a community of support, choose to eat much less meat and to give careful consideration to veganism.
I am sure you are aware of the following resources and organizations on this subject, but I share them here for all to discover: