My trip to Algonquin Park in Ontario with my husband earlier this month was restful and rejuvenating. The park was a lush green expanse during the day and the sky glittered with stars at night. Wilderness shows us that there are life forms on earth other than us and the sky reminds us that there are countless celestial bodies spinning about in addition to ours. Check out this blog to see photos from the park.
A jaguar named Juma, exhibited in chains at an Olympic torch ceremony in Brazil, was shot dead on Monday by a soldier. And on May 28, a four-year-old boy fell into an enclosure with Harambe, a seventeen-year-old male gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo. Rather than tranquilizing him with a dart, zoo officials proceeded to shoot Harambe with a rifle. The incident provoked mass outrage at the zoo.
On May 7, I drove three hours from my home to speak in two rural communities in Ontario. At the first, in Petrolia, something strange happened just five minutes into the event. About a dozen people in the audience started interrupting me as well as others in their community in an effort to stall the conversation. It turned out that they were factory farmers—people whose farms harm animals and degrade the environment.
My husband Aamer Hasham and I enjoyed our trip to Austria last week. It’s a beautiful country of lush green mountains and villages in the valleys. We visited the cities – Vienna, Salzberg, and Graz – but our favorite parts of the trip were our walks in the countryside amongst singing birds and below sailing clouds. We especially loved a spectacular, understated village called Traunkirchen and a charming little town, Steyr. Below are some of the photos, including a family of swans and small herds of cows.
I loved my trip to Dartmouth in April 2016, which reminded me yet again of how fortunate I was to attend the school. Surrounded by hills and dotted with trees, Dartmouth is a thoughtful and understated community. I spoke at the Rockefeller Center and had dinner with students, followed by a lecture in a class.
Today is Earth Day! What a great day to reflect on our relationship with the planet. Of the billions of celestial bodies and galaxies in the universe, we humans have one and only one home—and so it’s important to protect that home. The most important thing we can do for our habitat, not to mention our health, is to evaluate our diet and reduce our meat consumption. The world, as a whole, is eating unprecedented and unsustainable quantities of meat today. The detrimental impacts of our present-day diet are enormous. Animal agriculture is responsible for 80% of deforestation and 70% of freshwater use.
I loved my trip to Quebec City. From the organizers to the venue, the hotel to the city, the ImagiNation Book Festival that took place at Morrin Center last week was absolutely wonderful. I spoke about Project Animal Farm on Saturday, April 9; here are some of my favorite photos from the event.
I have good news! Project Animal Farm was recently longlisted for the Chatauqua Prize, an honor that recognizes books for their literary merit. Also, the book was recently included in a list of three must-read books by The Food Revolution Network! “This is a gripping story that will forever change how you think about animals, food, and life itself,” writes the Network.
I enjoyed speaking to a full house of students and community members at Trent University on January 27, 2016. I discussed my experiences and insights at farms, answered dozens of questions, read from Project Animal Farm, and signed copies of the book. I also enjoyed meeting Yann Martel on February 1st during his book tour of his new book, The High Mountains of Portugal.
I’ve been enjoying hearing from readers of Project Animal Farm and thought I’d share some of the recent notes:
- “I found your book by accident in our community library and it looked interesting, so I signed it out. And then I couldn’t put it down. In fact, I loved it so much I gave it to my mom and to friends I worked with…It changed my life!” – Lisa