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Featuring expert doctors, researchers, and activists to discuss timely topics such as health, diet, animal welfare, and the environment.

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Captain Paul Watson is a marine wildlife conservation and environmental activist. Watson was one of the founding members and directors of Greenpeace. In 1977, he left Greenpeace and founded the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. A renowned speaker, accomplished author, master mariner, and lifelong environmentalist, Captain Watson has been awarded many honors for his dedication to the oceans and to the planet. Among many commendations for his work, he received the Genesis Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1998, was named as one of the Top 20 Environmental Heroes of the 20th Century by Time Magazine in 2000 and was inducted into the U.S. Animal Rights Hall of Fame in Washington D.C. in 2002. He was also awarded the Amazon Peace Prize by the president of Ecuador in 2007. In 2012, Captain Watson became only the second person after Captain Jacques Cousteau to be awarded the Jules Verne Award, dedicated to environmentalists and adventurers. In 2019 he was awarded an commendation from Governor Ned Lamont from the State of Connecticut for “50 years as an environmental conservation activist”.

John Netzel

TOPIC: There’s a common misconception that farmed animals are all identical to each other with no individuality, like the Borg in Star Trek. This thinking makes it easier for human morality to allow exploitation and cruelty to these animals as unlike us humans, they’re nearly a “thing”. If we can challenge this thought and show farmed animals are unique individuals with personality, we prove they are more like humans, which will cause the need to reexamine our society’s moral view towards farmed animals and acknowledge animal cruelty and exploitation is unacceptible. This presentation will answer the question, do farmed animals have individuality?

John Netzel founded the 501c3 non-profit organization Peaceful Fields Sanctuary over eight years ago in Virginia and serves as president, blending Jewish ideals of repairing the world (tikkun olam) and avoiding animal cruelty with vegan concern for the rights of farmed animals. He’s been vegan for 18 years and previously involved with PCRM and Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (co-founding the Baltimore/DC chapter) PFS’s mission is to honor all of creation through providing a safe & forever home for farmed animals in need, so they can live free from abuse, exploitation, and neglect. A core aspect of this mission is to highlight the cruelty of animal agriculture through showcasing the personality and lives of our residents and engage in vegan outreach to prevent further harm.  PFS is currently home to about 70 rescued animal residents and has saved over 125 lives. Learn more at

Jon Camp

Effective Animal Advocacy | Using humor and drawing from his 20 years in the animal advocacy movement, Jon’s Effective Animal Advocacy presentation gives tips for creating real change for animals, ranging from effective person-to-person communication to creating change with the largest institutions on Earth. The tips are relevant to all forms of advocacy, so if you’re interested in any form of change-making, this talk is for you.

Jon Camp is Senior Officer, Community Engagement for The Humane League. Throughout 2004-2014, for Vegan Outreach, Jon traveled throughout North America, leafleting over a million students at over 500 colleges and universities about the plight of farm animals and the benefits of a vegan diet. In 2014, Jon was recognized for his contributions to grassroots animal advocacy by being inducted into the National Animal Rights Hall of Fame. At The Humane League, Jon managed the grassroots efforts of multiple successful corporate campaigns and ballot initiatives, and he now spends his time traveling around the country introducing individuals to The Humane League’s work and tactics.


Hi, my name is Natalie Bianchi and I am a senior at a high school in Central New York. I have been vegetarian for about seven years, and vegan for three years in a house full of omnivores. I am involved with lots of clubs around my school, and have even started my own chapter for the National Organization for Women on campus. I am the Generation Z Advisor for, and will be giving a presentation on the Environmental Impact of Veganism.


I am a born in 2004 member of Generation Z and I am a 17 year old vegan! I am a senior at Liverpool High School with plans to pursue a degree in Environmental Policy as my next educational step. I have been vegan for almost three years, and vegetarian for over seven years while living in a house of omnivores. I am especially invested in the health and environmental aspects of veganism, and have done two major research projects regarding the impact of veganism in both of those areas. As far as my life outside of academics and veganism, I am involved with many activities around my community and school! I founded a Campus Action Network for the National Organization for Women, am involved with the YMCA Youth and Government program at the state and national level, have been a Girl Scout for over six years, founded a Book Club at my school, am the president of our school’s Spanish Club! When I have time to spare, I love to read, thrift, and try new vegan restaurants with my friends! I am so glad to be able to contribute to the vegan movement in whatever way I can, as it is something I am so passionate about.

Mike & Denise Young

TOPIC: Summery of our accomplishments in the last year and exciting future plans for the next year going forward!

Mike & Denise Young

Summery of our accomplishments in the last year and exciting future plans for the next year going forward!