|Fascinating Q&A with VegFest Speaker Ed Begley, Jr.|
|August 3, 2014|
By R. J. Dannemiller, Contributing Writer
1. When and what caused you to become an environmentalist and
Growing up in smoggy L.A. for 20 years.
After 2 decades of difficulty breathing that foul air, I got motivated by
the first Earth Day in 1970.
I started recycling, composting, riding my bike & taking public
And, most importantly, I became a vegetarian.
2. What has your activism encompassed over the years?
All of the above, and much more.
I eventually bought a wind turbine, installed solar thermal and solar
electric panels on my home.
3. I have enjoyed viewing your "Living with Ed" reality series. How
did that concept come about?
I must give my wife credit for that. I thought a reality show was a bad
She argued otherwise, and she proved to be correct.
4. Your upcoming Reality series, "On Begley Street", on Evox TV is very
educational and entertaining (I viewed seven episodes online). How many
total episodes will there be this Fall?
I think there will only be the 7 episodes on Evox.
BUT..we have another show on BiteSizeTV.com called "Our Green House" and
that is available right now, as well.
5. I understand that you will be one of the two keynote speakers this Fall,
at the upcoming Portland VegFest. When will you be speaking and what will
be the title of your talk? What will it be about?
"Living sustainably in a rapidly changing world"
It will highlight ways to protect our environment AND save money!
6. What future projects and activism do you anticipate being involved in?
I am doing another episode of "Portlandia" in your fair city.
I LOVE coming up to Portland!
7. As an eco-activist/environmentalist in America over the years, what are
your thoughts about America's environmental progress in comparison to other
We are doing well in some ways.
We have four times the cars in L.A., but we have a fraction of the smog
But, we have to get a handle on our over dependence on more and more "stuff"
We all have material possessions in our lives but the less time we spend in
the quest for more and more, the more happiness we seem to find.
8. As research suggests, being a vegan is one of the best choices a person can make in terms of their health as well as for the environment for many reasons. What are your thoughts about veganism and your personal experience with it?
Being a Vegan is one of the most important environmental choices I've made.
It requires far less land, energy and water to grow a pound of broccoli,
than it does to grow a pound of beef.
The fork is one of the most powerful weapons that we wield.
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