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August 19: Columbus premiere of 'Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret'

The feature-length documentary Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret takes an unflinching look at an industry that most environmental groups have been afraid to target: animal agriculture. Filmmakers Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn make the case that livestock production is the leading cause of climate change, deforestation, species extinction, and ocean dead zones.

The Columbus premiere screening of Cowspiracy is scheduled for 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, August 19 at the Gateway Film Center, 1550 North High Street in Columbus. After the film, Vegan Shift founder Eriyah Flynn will lead a Q and A session.

Tickets are $12, available only online here. To make the screening possible, 95 tickets must be purchased by August 9. For more information about the screening, contact Lori Jones at lorijones1960@gmail.com.

"I too was miseducated on the environment by former Vice President Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth," writes reviewer Sailesh Rao on Climate Healers. "It is not that Mr. Gore did not tell the truth, but that he did not tell the whole truth. And the part that was missing was actually the most important part, the 51% that contained the nugget of truth that would have set us all free in 2006! But it was too inconvenient for An Inconvenient Truth and its then conflicted protagonist, Mr. Gore. He has since given up his beef-eating ways, but he and his organization, The Climate Reality Project, still remain silent on the number one cause of climate change and environmental destruction, viz., animal agriculture.

"While I can sympathize with Big Ag's desire to hide the enormity of the impact of livestock production on the environment, I'm finding it difficult to be so sympathetic with the Big Green environmental organizations," Rao writes. "They were supposed to be protecting the environment, but they were protecting their political and financial capital, instead."

The Columbus screening of Cowspiracy is sponsored by Simply Living, Local Matters, Portia's Cafe and the Animal Ministry at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus.