Commitment Tuesday: August 2010

It’s the last Tuesday of the month, so it’s time for another commitment Tuesday. Reading this blog in itself won’t help any animals; it all starts when you make a large or small commitment.  Here are some ideas:

  1. Now that you can get it in paperback for $10, pick up a couple copies of Eating Animals. If you haven’t read it yet, I guarantee you’ll be impressed—it’s a must-read for all animal advocates. Make a list of people in your life who would benefit from reading the book, and then lend your first copy out to them. Donate your second copy to your local library—after getting a commitment from the librarian that the copy will be put on shelves, and not sold at a Friends of the Library book sale.  Each copy of Eating Animals that you get onto a library’s shelves will likely be checked out 10-30 times over the next few years.
  2. Order 300 copies of Even If You Like Meat from Vegan Outreach, and commit to passing them out at your local college once school starts up in the next month. On a busy campus, you can easily pass out 300 pamphlets in under two hours. Got more money than time? Throw $20 or $100 towards Vegan Outreach to help cover the leafletting costs of other volunteers.
  3. Post a request via Twitter or to your Facebook wall asking your friends to cut out dairy for a month, or to give vegan eating a try. You can give them a great starting point by linking to my dairy free guide, or to my 21-day vegan audio series.
  4. If you’re not vegan yet, take another step in this direction. Resolve to give up dairy products, or eggs, or any lesser but meaningful commitment that will remove some animal products from your life.
  5. Step up your commitment to animal advocacy by picking up The Animal Activist’s Handbook, Striking at the Roots , or Ethics Into Action. If you’re a subscriber to this blog, the activism sections of my books Meat Market and The Ultimate Vegan Guide may interest you as well.

So what’s it gonna be? Most of the best advocates started out by making simple, easy commitments like the ones above.  And commitments grow vastly more powerful when you tell others what you intend to do. Head on over to the Vegan.com fan page and let us know which actions you’re ready to take!

Update 8:06 PM ET: I’m looking to get twenty people on board for Commitment Tuesday. So far, we’re up to eleven people who’ve made public commitments on the fan page. Can you be one of the remaining nine?