BECAUSE CHANGING THE WORLD IS A TEAM SPORT
We might have made our vegan promise, but we’re well aware we aren’t the first people to have the idea. In fact, there are hundreds of thousands of vegans all over the world who have built a radical love for living creatures into their daily routine. Each of them is doing their own thing, finding their own unique way to express their veganism. They may dance to different tunes, but they do all have one thing in common: they show up for their values every single day.
So, we figured if enough ordinary vegans working together can make extraordinary changes why not take a moment to celebrate a few of them? Here are three women, who through their passion and integrity, are low-key changing the world.
‘I don’t like to focus on what’s wrong; I like to focus on what’s possible.’
There is definitely a danger that veganism can be associated with wealthy white women who do yoga and eat quinoa. Away from the West, there are so many cultures that have a healthier relationship with the planet.
The way I like to share my ideas now is through writing my blog and educating others. I like to act with kindness, optimism and compassion. I don’t like to focus on what’s wrong; I like to focus on what’s possible. I find sharing food with people is always a great way to start the conversation. I also have a mac and cheese recipe that I am convinced could turn anyone vegan overnight!
“I realised this isn’t my milk to take - it’s for them”
As a free-diver my favourite place to be is under the water, it’s so peaceful. I see a lot of incredible things in the ocean, recently an alligator came to say hello in Mexico. People ask me if I get scared in the ocean, but I never do. I feel like ‘Hey! I’m here, but this is your world.’
My heart breaks when I see people spearfishing. I take every opportunity I can to share my love of sealife and will do everything I can do to respect it. I’m even writing a vegan seafood cookbook.
One of the most moving things I have ever done was a wedding of a lifelong vegan woman who was getting married due to terminal illness. It was really important to maintain her ethical stance and also feel like a queen on her wedding day. When she passed away her daughter wrote to me to tell me how much it meant to her Mum to have been able to stay true to her ethics on her special day. It is an honour to be able to offer people that option.
People see hair and makeup and beauty as something frivolous to invest in, but I don’t think you should have to compromise on what you believe in to look amazing. It is just so rewarding I get to do it as a job.