The Parliament of the World's Religions was created to cultivate harmony among the world's religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions in order to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world.
To accomplish this, we invite individuals and communities who are equally invested in attaining this goal.
The time is ripe for humans to evolve beyond our mainstream, egocentric consumer culture of institutionalized, normalized violence towards an eco-centric, life-enriching culture of normalized nonviolence. The inaugural Vegan World 2026! Conference is a multi-disciplinary forum for academics, professionals and ordinary citizens to envision this culture of normalized nonviolence and to discuss the political, social, economic and technical infrastructure for enabling such a culture to take root and flourish in the world before 2026.
To join us for the conference, please register here.
The World Hindu Congress (WHC) is a global platform for Hindus to connect, share ideas, inspire one another, and impact the common good. It offers Hindus an opportunity to introspect towards improvement and tap into our collective resources to seek tangible solutions to the most pressing issues of our age.
Asheville Vegan Fest, the largest Vegan Festival in the South East of the United States, features inspiring speakers and panels on Saturday, followed by a food festival on Sunday. It is hosted by the is hosted by the largest no-kill animal rescue organization in North Carolina, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue.
The Vegan May Fest is a day filled with Vegan speakers, education, entertainment, food, arts & crafts. Hear what you need to hear about Veganism from a variety of experienced speakers regarding:
The impact of factory farming on the environment
The health and ethical reasons for a plant based diet
Veganism as a way of life, Emotionally, Mentally, Socially & Spiritually
Berkeley Earth Day is an exciting day of inspiring, life changing fun! Come down for inspiring speakers, music, upcycled crafts, veggie food, dozens of eco-vendors and much more! It is the first city-branded Earth Day celebration that will be completely Vegan - no holistic, grass-fed milk/beef shenanigans here.
The Great Transition is the metamorphosis of the global industrial civilization from its current domination/control relating "Caterpillar" phase to the partnership/respect relating "Butterfly" phase. At each stop, I will give a brief talk discussing compelling factual reasons why Veganism is foundational for the Butterfly phase and why the Great Transition is bound to occur within the next 9 years, by 2026. This 20-min talk will be followed by a free-form discussion so that each of us can participate in and contribute effectively towards the Great Transition.
Here's the tentative tour itinerary:
San Jose, Costa Rica - Jun 14-18
Portland, OR - Jun 19-23
Phoenix, AZ - Jun 24
Tucson, AZ - Jun 25
Albuquerque, NM - Jun 26
Dallas, TX - Jun 28
Atlanta, GA - Jun 30
Gainesville, FL - Jul 1
Miami, FL - Jul 2
Charleston, SC - Jul 4
NY-NJ area - Jul 5-7
Boston, MA - Jul 8-9
Toronto, ON - Jul 10
Dayton, OH - Jul 11
Cincinnati, OH - Jul 12
Chicago, IL - Jul 13-14
Lawrence, KS - Jul 16
Denver, CO - Jul 18-19
San Francisco, CA - Jul 21-23
Los Angeles, CA - Aug 12
San Diego, CA - Aug 13
These are the cities in which there are active Vegan Spirituality Groups of the Interfaith Vegan Coalition and these kind people have agreed to host me. However, please let me know if you would like me to stop anywhere else.
Sailesh Rao is the Founder and Executive Director of Climate Healers, a non-profit dedicated towards healing the Earth’s climate. A systems specialist with a Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA, conferred in 1986, Sailesh worked on the Internet communications infrastructure for twenty years after graduation. In 2006, he switched careers and became deeply immersed, full-time, in the spiritual and environmental crises affecting humanity. He is the author of the 2011 book, Carbon Dharma: The Occupation of Butterflies and the 2016 book, Carbon Yoga: The Vegan Metamorphosis. He is the Co-Executive Producer of the trilogy of documentaries, The Human Experiment (2013), Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014) and What The Health (2017), which explore the systemic causes of human and environmental ill health and of the forthcoming documentary, The Compassion Project.
We will be evaluating our deployment of 1000 Mewar Angithis (MAs) in four villages of Udaipur district in Rajasthan, India. We will be interviewing the village women, examining the conditions of the MAs and assessing any potential changes for future deployments. Kayley Lain and AJ Walker, two students of Prof. UdayKumar at the University of Iowa, Donna Schill, a journalist, and Dr. Bhaskar Rao, retired oncologist, are expected to join.
Our paper, coauthored with Prof. Atul Jain and Shijie Shu of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, showing that 265GtC can be sequestered in recovering forests if the whole world goes vegan, will be presented at the AGU Fall Meeting, 2015. The AGU Fall Meeting, the largest gathering of climate scientists in the world with over 25,000 attendees expected, runs from Dec 14 through Dec 18 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA.
COP-21, Paris, France
Paris, France is hosting the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP-21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) from Nov 30-Dec 11, 2015. COP-21 is intended to achieve an inclusive international agreement designed to keep average global temperature from rising 2C above the pre-industrial level.
Unfortunately, the agreement is likely to be inadequate as animal agriculture, aviation, shipping and biofuels are off the table during the negotiations. MIT's climate scorecard shows that the Intended Nationally Defined Contributions (INDCs), the voluntary restraints that Nations have proposed for themselves, are likely to cause 3.5C increase in global temperature, even if all the pledges are kept.
In collaboration with Prof. Sri Narayan of USC and his research team, we will be deploying solar energy units in three households in Navajo Nation with the blessings of Grandmother Grace Yellowhammer. The units will include solar panels, Nickel-Iron batteries, LED lights, cell-phone chargers as well as usage monitoring hardware, courtesy of NexLeaf Analytics.
Cowspiracy screening hosted by the Santa Clara County Animal Advocates, the Saratoga Hindu Temple and Saratoga City Council Member, Rishi Kumar. Panel Discussion to follow with co-director Keegan Kuhn and co-producer Sailesh Rao.
Lunch will be served.
Venue is the Joan Pisani Community Center, 19655 Allendale Avenue, Saratoga, CA, The Saunders Room
For RSVP, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/845396352202954
The keys to healing our Earth’s climate lie in being kind to animals and in understanding the plants that are all around us. In this walk, we will explore the landscape consequences of overgrazing and the diverse plant life that is signaling us to change our ways, heal ourselves and our planet.
Our walk leader will be Sailesh Rao, the Executive Director of Climate Healers , a non-profit dedicated to healing the Earth’s climate through systemic and behavioral changes in human societies. Sudha Fatima is a doctoral student in Cultural Anthropology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, a natural healer, and a plant aficionado. This walk is supported by Factory Farming Awareness Coalition (FFAC), a non-profit committed to spreading awareness about factory farming. For RSVP, go to http://wildoakland.org/event/how-is-overgrazing-affecting-our-climate/?instance_id=462