Author Archives: Keith Akers

Lisa Levinson and Vegan Spirituality

Lisa Levinson organizes Vegan Spirituality groups, retreats, and online gatherings across the country as part of In Defense of Animals’ Sustainable Activism Campaign, offering emotional and spiritual resources for animal activists. We recently discussed Vegan Spirituality and this is what … Continue reading

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Technical Issues with “Compassionate Spirit”

This site has had some technical issues in the past 24 hours as I make the transition to a new web host. You may have seen a strange-looking page, “not found” messages, and so forth. I have also purged some, … Continue reading

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It’s not about climate change

Several major news sources have stated that the Pope’s recent encyclical is concerned about climate change. The CNN headline summarized the message: “’Revolution’ needed to combat climate change”. The New York Times declared: “Pope Francis, in Sweeping Encyclical, Calls for … Continue reading

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What does the Decline of Christianity Mean?

The latest data on Christianity comes from a recent report from the Pew Research Center on religion and public life. It sounds as if Christianity is on track to disappear as the dominant religion in America within a generation or … Continue reading

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Livestock and atmospheric carbon dioxide

There is now more megafauna biomass (the total biomass of all large animals that are heavier than about 100 pounds) than there has been in recent earth history — indeed possibly in all of earth’s history. It seemed to be … Continue reading

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Megafauna Extinctions and Overpopulation

Extinction is a hot topic these days. Megafauna — those “big animals” whose average size is 100 pounds or more — are going extinct at an alarming rate. There is huge popular sympathy for elephants, whales, tigers, giraffes, apes, and … Continue reading

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Earth Day Veganism

Environmentalism requires veganism. Livestock agriculture is hugely wasteful of natural resources, and is the leading cause of climate change. And this is not to mention the California drought, species extinction, and deforestation — all exacerbated by livestock agriculture, and all … Continue reading

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Degrowth and Veganism

How can we deal with climate change, let alone peak oil, water shortages, deforestation, and everything else — given that truly effective environmental action would probably stop the economy from growing and totally change everyone’s lifestyle? Our whole economy depends … Continue reading

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The Drought in California

The California drought is not going away anytime soon. And guess what uses more water than anything else in California? Livestock agriculture. The environmental reasons for veganism suddenly are getting more credibility and attention. The recent film Cowspiracy, and the … Continue reading

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This Changes Everything — Review

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, by Naomi Klein. Simon & Schuster, 2014. For Naomi Klein, the climate change issue changes everything: the only way to deal with climate change is to change capitalism. We need fundamentally to alter … Continue reading

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