As we continue to develop the language, intent, and plan of action for all facets of the Healthy Homecast Network, we are working to clarify the same for our personal lives as well.
Every day, we learn more about our actions that cause harm to the living planet, and we are moved to make reparation. We realize there are challenges that seem impossible; most require great leaps of faith to conquer. Though we acknowledge our imperfection, by no means can we let that justify any relinquishment, obstinate inaction, or purposed ignorance. We do not allow ourselves the false security of being unaccountable for our harmful actions, whatever they may be.
Let’s face it: Having positive aspirations and affirmations of hope for a renewed and righteous planet will not reverse any of the damage we've already done. But we absolutely must do something.
If we tell ourselves and others that something is not possible, are we not denying the very existence of possibility... or of miracle?
The urgency of the matter requires that we hold each other to task and speak to these truths. Much more so, we must take action!
In our scope, a truly "green event" must match certain criteria that reflect a leaning forward. This is because we view our present world as nearly destroyed and weighted with extreme suffering; we are all entangled in the situation and are all complicit in it (to varying degrees). Because of this, we are careful here to give a concrete definition of a "green event. A "green event" must supply optimism, education, and solutions rather than the opposite. A "green event" must be an example of integrity, sincerely reflecting the presenter's individual reparative thoughts and actions to their utmost capability.
We are resolute in faith that collectively we can elevate our selves to a place where these idealized parameters for specified green events and activities are actualized. We strive for the day in which we can celebrate the arrival of such; a day to make honest declaration of the impelling actions we put forth to their advent.
A truly "green event" is something we've carefully defined for ourselves and
strive to remain within those parameters.
We consider a "green event" to be a social activity that:
*For those of you having trouble distinguishing between "vegetarian" and "vegan" terms, the following may be of help, being taken from the original usage or definition of the two words:
Pure vegetarian refers to a diet that consists of plant foods only. Some people mistakenly call themselves "vegetarian" but this is not accurate; They still consume animal sourced foods (such as eggs, cheese, milk, and honey). This is certainly confusing, as none of those things are vegetation and thus "vegetarian."
The word "vegan", on the other hand, is not merely a diet but rather a lifestyle. It is properly defined as follows, in accordance to the authentic definition put forth in 1944 by The Vegan Society (England/UK):
"Veganism is a way of living which excludes all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, the animal kingdom (non-human and human), and includes a reverence for life. It applies to the practice of living on the products of the plant kingdom to the exclusion of flesh, fish, fowl, eggs, honey, animal milk and its derivatives, and encourages the use of alternatives for all commodities derived wholly or in part from animals."
In addition to adopting a total vegetarian (i.e. plant only) diet, vegans make a conscious daily effort to avoid all forms of exploitation, harm, and cruelty to animals. They do not consider animals to be live tools that exist merely for humans to take hold of and oppress. Vegans know at heart that there can be no real "beneficial" end results nor any perceived "values" added to individuals or society that is born from such irreverence; Non-vegans make speciesist claims to the contrary.
Naturally, we cheer for veganism and make every effort to live in this manner. We invite you to do the same, as it is a compassion filled life of abundance that brings a continuous stream of rewards. We mean that.
"We reserve the right to decide if any event submitted to Sound Green Events fits -- or doesn't fit -- our criteria"
What are your parameters?
How much -- or how little -- are you willing to compromise those personal factors?
Until we reach a point in life that we'd no longer need to do so, we continue to seek ideas and suggestions on how to best define a truly green event.