OK, so previously I might have talked a bit about this, but here's the whole deal. Be prepared for some hardcore rambling.
This summer, I lent Diet for a New America to a friend, and it really had an impact on him (he's now vegetarian and near-vegan). Long story short... with another friend, we've put together a presentation on plant-based diet. And today, we presented for the very first time, to some CALM (Career and Life Management) classes at their school.
It went pretty well! I'm not a huge fan of public speaking, but I did the section on Nutrition and I knew my stuff so I didn't have any huge 'mind-goes-blank' moments. The other parts of the presentation were Animal Rights, Environmental Ethics, and Human Rights. :) My two buddies both did a great job too, needless to say.
Cookies make people like you. It's a fact.
As far as I knew, we totally aced it. Our audience seemed quite interested and the feedback sheets gave us plenty of positive reviews. We brought chocolate chip cookies, too, which were definitely a hit!
In case any of you were wondering... here are just a few of the things that we included in the presentation:
- A discussion with the class on what they already knew about vegetarianism/veganism/flexitarianism (it worked out quite nicely, since I'm a vegan and my two friends are vegetarian and flexitarian)
- Dan Piraro's veganism video
- The first few minutes of Meet Your Meat
- This great PETA video on 30 reasons to be a vegetarian
- Graphs from Diet for a New America on disease rates, animal protein, and such
- A handout with the vegan food pyramid, how you can get everything you need from plant foods, and some practical tips
- COOKIES :D
- A question and answer period
:) We're going to be presenting again in November, and maybe even at the local church after mass one day (I don't go to that one, but supposedly the priest there is vegetarian!)
AND, my friend "got an email back from Bruce Friedrich (PETA's vice president of International Grassroots Campaigns -- the guy who wrote veg nutshell) congratulating us on our presentation and asking us to send him the videorecording" (since we recorded the whole thing). Whoaaa! This is so exciting! :D
Anyways, sorry for the wordy and incoherent and rambly post, but I'm just super happy right now. :) I can't believe this is happening!
*We sort of named the presentation after John Robbins book, of the same title. It's a snappy name, plus I did a quick 'commercial' for the book anyways.