The past two weeks or so have been victorious, or at the very least, fun and uniting for Qatar-based vegan and aspirants!
Through my recently formed Qatar vegan community Facebook page, I’ve met Rebecca of Vegan Rawrr who makes the most delicious nut butters (my favourite being the almond butter), has a good supply of Nutritional Yeast Flakes (an important vegan kitchen must-have) and a natural Nutella-type spread (eventually, something nutritious that keeps my sweet tooth well satisfied).
I’ve also ‘cybermet’ more than a couple of Doha-based vegans and bloggers. Larissa of Love and Green Juice periodically posts mouth-watering family recipe ideas, while Robyn, an Aussie raw food chef, based in neighbouring Saudi Arabia, launched her Girl on Raw latest e-book this week.
All this online activity has encouraged a handful of Kindnesses, aka ‘online Facebook vegan Likes’, to actually meet one another over a much-anticipated breakfast at the Four Seasons, this Tuesday.
What’s making Doha feel even more hospitable to the green movement, is the current hosting of the UN Climate Conference. Although not open to the public, I was fortunate enough to spend a couple of hours with visiting delegate, Mia MacDonald, a vegan and director of Brighter Green.
Based in New York, Brighter Green came here to share their expertise and findings on the intersection between climate change and the global spread of intensive animal agriculture and higher consumption of animal products. They had a panel at the conference and, for you and I, share a link to a series of policy papers and short videos that forms the foundation of Brighter Green’s Programme on Food Policy and Equity.
Mia and I, together with my two curious and enthusiastic vegetarian daughters, took ourselves off to the Sustainability Expo, running alongside the Conference (until the 7th December). Held at the Doha Exhibition Centre, it’s open to the public and entrance is free.
There, much to the delight of my children, we signed a big wall to show our support for the environment and sampled an array of vegan exclusive meals and desserts (such fun to have an entire menu from which to select), catered by restaurant chain and exhibitor, Loving Hut. Spreading news of the benefits to a plant-based diet, a group of over 50 volunteers, supported by Loving Hut, are promoting veganism in context to the impact of meat consumption on climate change.
I’ll be back there on Wednesday, as Loving Hut’s nutritional consultant shares ideas of how a family can adopt healthy vegan eating habits.
All in all, it has been super to experience locally based initiations, support and shared awareness for compassionate living. Right here in sandy Doha, what a treat!