Wednesday, October 20, 2021

About Us

James O’Donovan (Co-editor)

James qualified in Civil Engineering from University College Cork and subsequently completed an M.Sc. in Holistic Science at Schumacher College, one of the leading centres for sustainability in the UK. He worked in the US for 8 years, and in South Africa for seven years, working as a training provider in community water and sanitation. He has also worked in India, Nepal, Mexico and Central America. James became vegetarian in 1991 after reading John Robbins’ book Diet for a New America, and went vegan in 2011 after waking up to the impacts of the dairy industry. He is the current chair of the Cork Environmental Forum, a local environmental organisation raising awareness and implementing projects in Cork City and County. He also works as a volunteer helping to run meditation retreats in Ireland and Europe. He is interested in contributing to a more just and ethical society through the promotion of personal emotional wellbeing and vegan sustainable living.

Bronwyn Slater (Co-editor)

Bronwyn graduated from the University of Limerick with an M.Sc. in Computational Linguistics. She has Diplomas in Social Studies and Art History from University College Cork, and a Certificate in Journalism. She has been very active in the vegan movement in Ireland for a number of years, and has a keen interest in all issues related to Sustainability. She runs a website called The Irish Vegan which provides up-to-date information for vegans living in Ireland, and a website called Circular Living which provides information on going zero-waste in Ireland.

Gretta Dattan (writer)

Gretta is originally from Seattle. She studied literature at the University of British Columbia and Trinity College Dublin. She worked in a corporate environment for a number of years before deciding to pursue a Masters in Common Law at UCD. She became a vegetarian nearly ten years ago, and made the transition to veganism after learning more about the dairy and egg industry. Gretta is especially interested in topics related to environmental law, animal law, and animal welfare standards both in Ireland and abroad.

Our Ethos

Vegan Sustainability is a magazine rooted in a non-violent ethos that advocates love and compassion for all living beings. We promote a sustainable lifestyle that meets our own needs without compromising the ability of other species to meet their needs for present and future generations. The production of animal foods is the single greatest threat to human society and to all species on the planet, and the environment. It is the main cause of biodiversity loss, deforestation, climate change, nutrient loading, and human illness.

Vegan Sustainability is a conversation from many voices that explores questions like: What does it take to create a society that lives in harmony with other species? How can we contribute to communities that live within the limits of their bioregion? What human values provide the psychological foundations for a sustainable culture? How much ‘stuff’ is enough? What purposes are healthy for people to use to guide their lives? What traditions can be embraced for a sustainable future? How can we make more skilfull choices for ourselves and our families?

Our magazine has a solutions-oriented, positive, and compassionate outlook while not being afraid to shine a light on the causes of the current global biodiversity crisis. We present scientific research, practices, policy, and stories to inspire a life rooted in compassion, kindness, joy and peacefulness. We will outline some of the limitations of our current personal and social choices and highlight ways of living that create more vibrant individual lives and create societies that are in harmony with nature.

We outline a positive vision that awakens our innate drive to fulfil our human potential showing practical examples of what people are actually doing right now that works and is sustainable. Vegan Sustainability Magazine will act as a reminder of the joy in vegan sustainable living. Our passion – for animals, the planet, and health is vibrant and – believe it or not – it is catching.

So we will continue to use this space to share our stories and our experiences. We share our happiness in living a life that is true to our values. And our families and friends and society won’t just appreciate our attitude they’ll be inspired, changed, and even awakened by it.