I had the pleasure of hearing Earthling Ed (Ed Winters) speak in person about my two favorite topics; Veganism and Animal Rights. I found out two days before he would be in town, that he was hosting a speech at Brown University and was touring the East Coast before returning back to the UK. He has been one of my biggest idols in the animal rights movement since I started my vegan activism journey. How on earth could I justify missing the legend himself, speak to students in my hometown?! I’m so very thankful I didn’t.
It was beyond surreal sitting just about 10 feet in front of Ed while he spoke such truth and logic. Especially since I’ve seen almost every You Tube upload he has ever created. It was also extremely satisfying to know that this was the first of many times I’ll run into Earthling Ed. I’ve only been an animal rights activist for just over a year so this is only the beginning for me. I didn’t have the chance to personally greet him, hug him, shake his hand or thank him for all the amazing work he is doing for the animals. Mother duties called and I had to leave right before he started his Q&A and meet & greet sessions. Next time I’m blessed with his presence, I’ll make sure to let him know just how much of an influence he has on my activism for animals. How this entire planet is beyond lucky to have him in the front lines of the vegan movement, for the sake of all Earthlings we share our home with.