Cool Davis Welcomes New Partner: Vegans of Davis
By Judy Moores
Before my interview with Lindsay Rubins of Vegans of Davis, I checked the on-line dictionary to be clear in my mind: “A vegan is someone who eats no animal products.”
J: So, why, are you a vegan?
L: In our world today, an animal-based diet is unsustainable. Also, there is no way you can kill and eat an animal ‘humanely.’ I want my diet to reflect my values and that includes not eating any animal products including meat, dairy and eggs. The vegan-lifestyle is gentle on the earth, uses far less resources, such as, water and land, and has a low carbon footprint, too.
J: So why did you create “Vegans of Davis?”
L: People like me who are vegans and others interested in becoming vegans need the support of community. They need to meet other folks who are interested in learning about eating well and staying healthy while pursuing a diet that may be different from the one they grew up with – thus the need for a group like Vegans of Davis.
J: So how do you find other vegans to join your group?
In our world today, an animal-based diet is unsustainable…The vegan-lifestyle is gentle on the earth, uses far less resources, such as, water and land, and has a low carbon footprint, too.
L: I set up the Vegans of Davis website face-book page (facebook.com/vegansofdavis) about 18 months ago with the goal of connecting and energizing locals interested in the many facets of a vegan lifestyle. The site has gone from 0 to over 550 followers since then. We use the page to announce “random” vegan events – vegan brunch at a restaurant, a fall potluck in a park, a French Vegan buffet party, etc.
J: Over 550 Vegans of Davis is media-based? So how many people show up at these events”
L: Usually about 60-70. We are still growing. Most of those who come are from Davis, but some come from as far away as Sacramento. It takes awhile to build a brand. We are thinking of forming a small group to make banners to use at events like the Cool Davis Festival to advertise our group. Our current challenge is to have more regular events and meeting times that folks can count on.
J: So what reasons do people give for becoming friends of Vegans of Davis on face-book?
Some understand that we are facing an extreme climate crisis and that vegan is the most optimal lifestyle for our planet with the smallest methane/carbon/nitrous oxide footprint and astronomically less water use. Others realize they don’t need any animal products to be healthy and don’t want their consumption to hurt or exploit any creature.
L: Some understand that we are facing an extreme climate crisis and that vegan is the most optimal lifestyle for our planet with the smallest methane/carbon/nitrous oxide footprint and astronomically less water use. Others realize they don’t need any animal products to be healthy and don’t want their consumption to hurt or exploit any creature.
J: Well, on behalf of Cool Davis. I welcome Vegans of Davis as a new partner and member of the Cool Davis Coalition. I think that Vegans of Davis just became the first entirely social-media-based Cool Davis partner!
L: Thank you, and do let others know that folks who are not vegans are welcome to come to our events, try out vegan dishes, and learn more about the “vegan life-style.” Our mission is to join forces with awesome herbivores/veg-curious peeps in Davis and have fun hangouts and events.
Lindsay, not only pursues a personal vegan life-style; she serves as Manager of Operations for V-Dog, a company (vdog.com) that makes and distributes vegan dog-food for “pooch and planet.”
Cool Davis is a coalition of citizens, the City of Davis, and community organizations working to empower our community to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Today, I took part in a #fridaysforfuture #climatestrike outside NSW Parliament house. Although I was 11hours ahead due to timezones, I striked in solidarity with young people all across the UK for their February 15th Youth Strike for Climate!