When it comes to activism of any kind, doing your research is likely one of the biggest tips I could give, it’s so important. You don’t have to be the best public speaker, or best at influencing people, but one thing you should be sure of is how well you’ve done your research.
In my opinion, the number one reason you should do your research is people and the media are looking for absolutely anything against veganism. They want to show the world that we are misrepresenting data or just getting their facts wrong. If vegans get a reputation for lying about the data, or the reasons to go vegan, then it’s incredibly hard to recover from.
THIS IS KEY: We are on the right side of history, the right side of the cruelty angle, the environmental angle and the health angle. You don’t need to misrepresent data.
When you are debating someone or talking to someone in person about veganism, you have so much information to draw from, so you don’t have to use iffy information. In the same vein, you should research the information that’s on the side of veganism too because you shouldn’t be biased. If you just use information which fits your biases, it might actually be wrong. Sometimes you will find information that you just don’t want to hear, but that’s okay.
I don’t like that most vegan friendly fabrics are either cotton or acrylic. Cotton has a lot of water usage and acrylic is made from oil, but not only that, it doesn’t bio degrade, so both have environmental problems.
I don’t like that, but it doesn’t mean it’s any less true. Knowing that the majority of vegan fabrics aren’t environmentally friendly is a good thing because it means we can come up with solutions. It’s true that there aren’t very many commonly accessible (vegan) environmentally friendly fabrics, but there are several in the works (Like leather made from the pineapple leaves that would otherwise be thrown away). It also means we can push to make companies that create and process cotton improve their methods, along with pushing governments to perhaps subsidise the research into innovations in the cotton trade.
Not only does knowing about it help us solve the issue, but if someone on the other side of the argument has researched it and suddenly throws it at you, it won’t surprise you. You can counter their argument and tell them about the pineapple leather, the cork leather and other vegan fabrics which are coming along, thereby ending the debate or line of discussion on a positive note.