On the first of March I went to a screening of Cowspiracy together with Yana. Yana is literally the first vegan girl I’ve met, haha. She invited me to see Cowspiracy at an event in a community center in Amsterdam.
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.
Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry, and is a primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones,” and virtually every other environmental ill. Yet it goes on, almost entirely unchallenged.
– Read more about Cowspiracy here
Ethiopian food for dinner
Tuesday was a rainy day, but traveling by train and tram kept us dry. Along the way we decided to eat some dinner before the screening. With the app HappyCow we found ourselves a restaurant that was super vegan-friendly. The name of the restaurant is Addis Ababa Restaurant, an Ethiopian restaurant in the same street as where the screening was.
The owner of the restaurant recommended us to try several types of small dishes to have some variety on our plate. Out of his experience most people enjoy it that way, so we went for it. And no regrets, because it was amazing! Lentils, carrots, cabbage, corn, spinach, potatoes with spices and herbs. The food was so flavorful and filling.
We ate everything with our hands which was an interesting experience for Yana and me. We grabbed and wrapped pieces of food with injera, a type of spongy bread. We got told that in Ethiopia they sustain from eating animal products for a long period of time. I read that it has something to do with the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and the Old Testament. I most definitely am going to more Ethiopian restaurants.
Cowspiracy screening by OT301
Unfortunately we rushed ourselves through dinner. We were running late for the screening, but luckily they hadn’t started yet. It wouldn’t be that bad, because it was my fourth time seeing Cowspiracy. On the other hand it wasn’t very polite of us to come 20 minutes late, haha. We bought our entree tickets and sat down in a very comfy chair together with vegans and non-vegans. After the screening there was a very interesting discussion with the organizers and the audience. I definitely think some minds were changed for the better that day.
When we left the room there was a second group waiting for the last screening of that night. We walked through the busy hallway, off the stairs and straight into the bathroom. Before we left and snapped some pictures together with the colorful walls.
At the entrance of the community center you can find a Vegan Organic Culture Kitchen. As they state, it is not a restaurant. You can eat there by making a reservation and donating an amount of money. They get fresh produce in the morning and cook a lovely meal for you at night. The meals vary most of the time. I never heard of a concept like this, but I liked it right away. If I am ever in the neighborhood I will certainly try it out.
On our way out we found some robots decorating the exit. Eventually we took off in the tram towards the station of Amsterdam. We both live in different cities so we had to take a different train from there. After a very enjoyable and memorably night we headed home. Thanks for the fun night Yana!