All vegans want to spread and promote veganism. It is part of our new DNA. The principle is simple: when we stop buying animal products, we stop financing and supporting the industry that exploits other animals. But we all understand that if we managed to influence – even if only – 10% of the people around us, our fight against exploitation would be more effective.
We all go through certain stages from the moment we switch to veganism. There are moments of information, of euphoria, of anger, of sadness, and also of enlightenment. But at the end of the day, we want to tell everyone what speciesism is and why being vegan is the most consistent, natural, and fairway. We woke up one morning and decided to do something to spread veganism.
How to promote veganism offline?
There are many ways, of course. The most obvious is to become an activist, joining a vegan organization, and collaborating in one of the many projects that already exist, from conferences and information booths to campaigns with specific objectives.
The other, more obvious, and most popular way, is to jump on social media and bombard veganism at will. Social networks, due to their characteristics, have a very liberating effect for anyone who feels in a minority, such as vegans. We all have. Links, photos, status updates, videos, comments to others …
But there are also other ways.
Today let’s examine some alternative ways to promote veganism outside of traditional activism, outside the formal frameworks of NGOs fighting speciesism, and outside of social media. Although not everyone at the moment seems capable of adhering to a scheme of organized activism, many would like to contribute their grain of sand to the vegan revolution.
Let’s look at six ideas.
1. Play sports
It may seem like it has nothing to do with it but wait. One of the most popular arguments among non-vegans is that a vegan diet does not provide enough protein and does not allow optimal physical development. It seems amazing but that’s the way it is. Even if you are lucky enough to have carnist friends who understand that proteins come from the plant world, it is one thing to understand and another to see. When someone sees a vegan athlete or bodybuilder, the message is engraved on a much deeper level. When someone hears that in a marathon, the first and second on the podium are vegans, the protein argument becomes so out of date that it does not need to be disputed.
You don’t have to become a mega athlete for that. You can resume the habit of playing soccer once a week with friends (as my partner has done), get in shape (you can join the Pura Fibra community ), go to the gym or participate in a marathon, as he does regularly. David Román, president of the US and author of several vegan books. Or just get inspired by one of the thousands of vegan athletes in the world.
When the opportunity arises, let it be noted that you know what you are talking about. Learn useful content for the defense of veganism, but also the correct ways to present this content. For example, rebutting a speciesist claim from a friend with an air of arrogance will not be very effective in convincing. Thus, there is much more that we can all learn so that our message will overcome the psychological and emotional obstacles that it will encounter.
Studying is a pleasure and also an art. The important thing is to start. It starts with blogs, videos, and documentaries. Follow with books, lectures, courses. Ask any question, any question that you don’t know how to answer. Investigate. Knowing gives you power.
If you are looking for a book on veganism, visit the vegan bookstore closest to your home.
3. Undertake …
… A vegan business, of course. It is proven that, sometimes, the best activism is to undertake, to create a different reality in society. A vegan restaurant, a catering, an online store of vegan cosmetics and detergents, a fashion studio that does not use fur, leather, or wool, a business to import vegan products that do not exist in your country, an amusement park that does not explode animals or make speciesist references (such as toy horses …), a nursery school where food of animal origin is not served, a company of clowns and acrobats that does show without animals, a stall that serves lemonade and falafel, a vegan football team …
Do not put limits on your imagination. To create a vegan world, you do not need to wait for all the world to be vegan 🙂
4. Show your veganism with pride
V for veganism, victory, and life. Show your attitude on the shirt, in the car, on the balcony, or by talking to him but driver… Life is full of opportunities to propose a conversation or a thought about veganism.
At the end of the day, it is about explaining and convincing. Take every opportunity to ask, listen, and then get our message across. Often, you separate from a person without the latter having declared that they are vegan, but many times the change comes. Many activists have received messages from people they had spoken to months and even years before at an information booth on the street.
6. Ask for vegan products
The next time you’re in a cafe or restaurant, ask what vegan options there are and ask for more. I do not mean to remove the tuna from the salad or a ham sandwich without ham. Ask why there is no soy milk, or a plate with tofu, or a purely vegetarian stew, for example. Show them that there is a demand.
If we all do this, the owners may decide to include more vegan options on the menu, which will increase the exposure of veganism to the general public and in turn create more opportunities to ask, explain and promote an end to exploitation.
This is a very very partial list. It does not even include the simple fact of cooking and inviting friends to taste the lettuce that vegans eat every day …
Some activists plan direct actions to free animals and others who are learning Chinese with the idea of traveling there and strengthening veganism in that country (by far the main consumer of meat and fish in the world).