Friday, August 10, 2012

Cool Things My Friends Do -- Vegan 1 Day Project 2012

Each Friday on this blog I enjoy highlighting some of the cool things my friends do in their work and personal lives.  

John Merryfield lives in Lake Tahoe, Ca. and Los Barriles, Baja, Mexico with his wife Carol and works as a painting contractor.  He is the founder of Vegan 1 Day - An international challenge for everyone to adopt a vegan diet for at least one day of the the year (August 31). He is an avid surfer, kite surfer, stand up paddler, paraglider pilot and a published haiku poet.  (Author's note... I also have known John since our days in Ms. O'Brien's kindergarten class.  No, he was not vegan nor did he write haiku at that point in time!)

August 31, 2012 is the "Vegan 1 Day Project".  This is an international movement to promote the benefits of a plant based diet.

Our food choices play a significant role, helping to solve some of our societies most urgent problems, like marine ecosystem collapse, climate change, poor human health and global violence. 

Eating animal foods is the elephant in our living room that we all pretend not to see when discussing how we can change the world for the better. 

On August 31st, 2012, a group of extreme SUP paddlers will circumnavigate 72 miles of Lake Tahoe in one day—paddling all day and all night—to promote the Vegan 1 Day Project. They hope to garner international attention from this challenge to encourage everyone to adopt a vegan diet for at least one day out of the year. 

Will you join us by pledging to eat vegan for just one day, 31 August 2012?  Can you help spread the word in your community?

I am already planning to eat at Casa de Luz, Beets Cafe, and The Vegan Yacht (My three favorite vegan restaurants in Austin, Texas) on August 31st.  Who is going to join me?

Have A Great Day

thom singer


Chris Brogan said...

How'd this all go? ANy news from the gang?

thomsinger said...

Chris... yes... it was a good run for them. They are looking at how to make it wider spread next year. (Open to ideas!!).

They posted some details on the FB page