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#1 Old 09-28-2011, 11:24 PM
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So I get weekly emails from with lists of all the local meetups coming up in my local area, regardless of whether or not I'm interested in the topic of the group. Occasionally, I skim them to see if anything catches my eye.

Today, I noticed that a local environmental group is doing a casual "happy hour" type of event tomorrow. From the description, it sounds like a "bring your own talking points" event, with an emphasis on educating those who show up on how they can help the environment. It sounds like something I could learn from, and also a decent chance to meet some new people, which is something I'm not that great at. It also sounds like a good chance for me to talk up the environmental benefits of reducing animal consumption, and encourage people to go veg*n, or at least reduce their meat intake some, even if they don't go all the way.

But I'm not exactly a "people person". I'm not great at talking to strangers, or pushing an agenda, even when it's something I feel very strongly about. So I figure if I come armed in advance with tons of talking points, it'll be a lot easier for me. I personally went veg*n because I like animals, so the fact that it's good for the environment is just a happy bonus for me, and I've never really memorized all the details of why it's good for the environment.

So load me up with information, everyone. What exactly are the environmental benefits of avoiding animal products? What stats should I be quoting to these people? What reputable environmental (not AR) sources should I have them look up when they get home?

Tell me what I need to know!

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