Over the last few decades, climate change has received increased recognition and importance from scientists and decision-makers around the world. This reflects the severity of the problem and the urgent need for effective interventions.
It is well-known that people in marginalized communities are disproportionately affected by climate change, and many nonhuman animals suffer habitat loss, resource competition, disease, and even death. Industrialized animal agriculture is one of the highest sources of global CO2 emissions and has a catastrophic impact on all aspects of our environment. To reduce this impact on vulnerable populations and nonhuman animals, we must also advocate for the end of factory farming.
Learning from experts in more established social movements, like the environmental movement, can be invaluable for animal advocates. Drawing on their successes and failures presents insights into how advocates can work effectively. While the farmed animal advocacy movement is still relatively new, what can animal advocates learn from the environmental movement to strengthen their advocacy efforts?
Thank you to Dr. Robyn Gulliver for helping answer this critical question.
This is part two of Crossroads, a blog series about what human-focused social movements can teach us about nonhuman animal advocacy.
Note: This contribution has been edited for length and clarity.