When Gabriella Palko first read about the decimation of North American grassland prairies for cattle grazing, she was intrigued. But when the author told her “if you can take on the meat industry, you can save the world”, her 18 years of carnivorous living came to a screeching halt. A resource-intensive industry with externalities like greenhouse gas emissions, pollution, and species extinction, food production plays a critical role in the current ecological crisis. Luckily there are both personal and systemic solutions to address this pivotal problem. Come learn about the environmental impacts of industrial animal agriculture and how together, we can eat our way to a better future.
Gabriella is a 25 year old environmental advocate, public radio host, and glacier enthusiast. Her thesis “The Cow in the Room: Regulating the Environmental Harms of Industrial Animal Agriculture” earned her the Distinguished Service Award in Environmental Science from Colorado College. Passionate about climate change, sustainability, and plant-based diets, she chose to live on the front lines of ecological change and resides on her 25 foot sailboat in Valdez, Alaska. Though she’s planted roots around the world, she frequently returns to her sandy stomping grounds in the beloved Ocean State.