For many people the logical extension of a vegan and
cruelty-free lifestyle is being a strong advocate of world peace. Many of
our members participated in the massive peace demonstration in NYC on
February 15th. Others attended local gatherings and forwarded information
and petitions on the Internet.
This is especially relevant to me after spending a week
in London at the end of February. A huge demonstration had taken place
there also in Mid-February. I was pleased to encounter some smaller
demonstrations when I was there. One was in Trafalgar square where
traditionally, Londoners demonstrate. It was interesting to see it from
the top of a double decker bus. The people I talked to in London donít
support Tony Blair in his readiness for war, just as the people I know at
home are not behind George Bush. And I do move outside of our veggie
London is a delightful city, steeped in history with
almost endless grand buildings, museums, towers, palaces and monuments.
One can get around easily on clean buses and subways (the Underground),
never waiting more than 3 minutes. I enjoyed it all immensely. But I do
realize that the Tower of London, full of armor, armaments and the stories
of war-waging monarchs, and the British Museum armed with the artifacts of
half a hundred civilizations, are the results of many battles, much
suffering and imperialism on a grand scale. In contrast there were flowers
blooming all over town, many primroses and some magnolia trees. No snow, a
bit of sunshine and some light, misty rain.
I attended a meeting of the London Vegan Society. There
are photos of some of them on our website. The members are from many walks
of life, but I must mention Ritchie, known professionally as "Rubber
Ritchie," who works as a contortionist in Covent Garden. The members were
interested to hear about MHVS and asked me to speak for a few minutes
before their featured speaker, who presented a program on Permaculture.
What is that, you ask? The word is a blend of permanent and agriculture.
The philosophy advocates growing more of our own food
in small, diverse and sustainable settings. The true cost of how we eat
does not factor in the hidden costs of the loss of biodiversity and
consequent environmental degradation. Grow a garden and support your local
farmersí markets. It is the only planet we have.
There are many vegetarian restaurants in London. They
are to be found on the Internet and in a delightful little book titled