On the evenings of 15 and 23 January, groups of ten or so gathered at Jyoti’s house to watch the brilliant and just-released movie Cowspiracy with attendees enjoying a delicious dessert of Blackberry and Apple Crumble with home-made vegan Coconut ice-cream (The blackberries were came fresh from Jyoti’s organic Vegan garden).

It is a powerful movie and a must see. It is an excellent one to show to non-vegan friends, especially if they are concerned about the environment.  It does not contain graphic images apart from one small 30 second scene which you know is coming and you will miss if you blink, and also two scenes of fish slaughter.

About the Movie: Cowspiracy: the film that environmental organizations don’t want you to see!

 “Cowspiracy may be the most important film made to inspire saving
the planet."  — Louie Psihoyos, Oscar-Winning Director of "The Cove"
“A documentary that will rock and inspire the environmental
movement."  — Darren Aronofsky, Director of "Noah" and "Black Swan"

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.  Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry, and is a primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones,” and virtually every other environmental ill. Yet it goes on, almost entirely unchallenged. As Andersen approaches leaders in the environmental movement, he increasingly uncovers what appears to be an intentional refusal to discuss the issue of animal agriculture, while industry whistleblowers and watchdogs warn him of the risks to his freedom and even his life if he dares to persist.

Here are images of an ANU Environment Collective screening of Cowspiracy in 2016: