Our first guest is Ashley Byrne, a director for PETA. Today she will discuss how easy it is to help animals and the environment this winter by choosing vegan clothing and accessories. Today, more shoppers than ever are concerned about animal welfare and the environment, with a reported 73% of Gen Z consider themselves animal rights activists. When people hear that PETA entities’ undercover investigations have revealed workers hitting and mutilating sheep for wool, leaving goats with bloody wounds at mohair and cashmere wool operations, burning and beating cows for leather, and yanking out ducks’ and geese’s feathers for down, they’re eager to opt for more stylish, animal-free materials. In addition to sparing animals from daily suffering and terrifying death, vegan fashion is better for the environment: Animal agriculture is responsible for nearly one-fifth of all man-made greenhouse-gas emissions, making it a leading cause of climate catastrophe, and animals’ skins are treated with toxic chemicals—which pollute nearby waterways—to keep them from decomposing. For more information, go to www.Peta.org.
Our second guest is Ed Linz, writer, retired military officer, and author of several books. This is the second installment of the discussion of Ed’s 4th book, “They Never Threw Anything Away: Memories of the Great Depression by Americans Who Lived It.” The book is from the memories of 22 Americans who lived through The Great Depression in their own words. These people tell of their experiences gained while living during the social and economic chaos of that era. Tune in to hear about this wonderful new book and the stories within.
They Never Threw Anything Away is his fourth book. His earlier non-fiction works include Life Row, Team Teaching Science, and a novel, Hurtling to the Edge. His interests include kayaking and hiking (he recently “made it” to 15,000 feet on Mount Kilimanjaro). He currently lives in Virginia and Maine. Ed encourages you to contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, on Facebook, or Twitter @edlinz65. His columns and book information can be found at www.edlinz.com.