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May 17th: New York premiere

On Sunday May 17th the New York premiere of Meat the Truth will take place at the New York Film Academy, at 5 pm and 7 pm. Prior to the premiere Marianne Thieme, Dutch MP for the Party for the Animals, and Karen Soeters, producer of the film, will participate in the Veggie Pride Parade.

Premiere Singapore gets follow up!

60 people attended the premiere of Meat the Truth in Singapore.  Half of them signed up a pledge to go vegetarian for at least one day per week.

There will be a second screening on 15 March.  Currently the sign up rate for the event is already over 400 people!

Danish Premiere of Meat the Truth

The Climate Movement in Aarhus, Denmark plans to draw attention to the fact that 18% of global greenhouse gas emissions are caused by livestock production by organizing the Danish premiere screening of Meat the Truth. This documentary forms an erratum to Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth”. It will be screened at the East of Eden Cinema on 23rd February 2009, 18:50-21:10.

This Danish organization realizes that it is high time to focus on one of the biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions : meat production. No politicians in Denmark today have been courageous enough to address this important issue. The Climate Movement in Aarhus has chosen to focus on this crucial area, because if we do not reduce our meat consumption, we will not be able to avoid a climate crisis: it simply a matter of survival.

The Climate Movement in Aarhus have thus organized the Danish film premiere of Meat the Truth on 23rd February 2009. The event is free and participants can enjoy, among other things, a sustainable meal together and learn about the impact of food on the climate. The Climate Movement has focused on getting local and coming chefs in to make environmentally friendly food for tomorrow’s requirements. The event is sponsored by the sustainable Merkur bank.

The message of the need to reduce meat consumption has already been delivered to both the Climate and Energy Minister Connie Hedegaard and Environment Minister Troels Lund Poulsen in the form of a document and an oral presentation of the results from YouPEC (Youth Perspective on Consumption) Conference, in which Benjamin Bro-Jørgensen and Signe Skov Pedersen from the Climate Movement in Denmark – and Karen Soeters (Director, Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation and producer of Meat the Truth) – participated along with 158 young people from across Europe. The YouPec conference produced the following key recommendations:
– Reduce meat consumption
– Prevent waste
– Reduce energy consumption
– Improve approaches to education for sustainability

The premiere in the Danish press:

Belgian Premiere of Meat the Truth

There was a great turnout at the Roma cinema in Antwerp for the Belgian premiere of the documentary Meat the Truth. Around 500 people attended this event, which was held on 12th February 2009 in the beautifully restored auditorium located in the Turnhoutsebaan in Antwerp.In addition to the film screening, there was also a great deal of interest in the VIP guests who arrived on the green carpet at around 8.15 pm: actor Pol Goossen, Dutch MP Marianne Thieme of the Party for the Animals, Karen Soeters (the film’s producer) and climate change heroes Nic Balthazar, ‘Low Impact Man’ ( Steven Vromman) and ‘Don Kyoto’ (Dimitri Leue) were all there.  Just as was Varken Knor (Piggie), who was accompanied by two bodyguards in a state of high alert since, after the Belgian TV series “Of flesh and blood”, a young butcher can be found lurking around every corner…The only Belgian politican present was Mieke Vogels. The introduction to the event was given by EVA director Tobias Leenaert, who gave a presentation showing just how necessary films and events like these are: “compared to the ecological crisis, the financial crisis is small potatoes. And the livestock sector is responsible for what is happening to the planet. Our steak should therefore be high on the political agenda”Steven Vromman and Nic Balthazar gave their speeches next, followed by Marianne Thieme, the leader of the Dutch Party for the Animals, who described the impact that the documentary has already had in the Netherlands and about the political debate that is now going on.Meat the Truth captivated the attention of the 500 people in the audience for the full 70 minutes it ran. The statistics on manure production, carbon dioxide emissions, often illustrated by rather graphic material, illustrated how the production and consumption of meat make a massive contribution to global warming. The facts that are presented in the film have also been corroborated by Wageningen University.Afterwards, the guests enjoyed Indian snacks, a convivial atmosphere and the music that was played by DJ Pierre Elitair in the reception area.

For an impression of this event, see also: (Dutch language)