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A 10-Year Old’s Vision for Healing the Planet: Genesis Butler at TEDxCSULB (Transcript)

Genesis Butler at TEDxCSULB

Here is the full transcript of Genesis Butler’s TEDx Talk: A 10-Year Old’s Vision for Healing the Planet at TEDxCSULB conference.

TRANSCRIPT: 

When I was three years old, my favorite food was chicken nuggets. I loved chicken nuggets. I could eat them almost every day. One day, I was sitting at the dinner table staring at the nuggets, and I started to wonder about where they came from. So I asked my mom, “Mom, where do my chicken nuggets come from?” She looked at me and she said, “From the grocery store.”

Well, I knew they came from the grocery store, so I tried again: “Mom, where do my chicken nuggets really come from?” She told me that we killed animals for them.

“What? We eat animals, mom? I never want to eat meat, ever again.”

That night, me and my mom stopped eating animals. One year later, I remember walking into my mom’s bedroom, and I saw her nursing my baby sister Zion, and it made me think about the milk I drink. So I asked my mom, “Mom, where does my milk come from?” She told me that we got it from mama cows. I said, “So that’s the same with taking your milk, just to give it to humans instead of my baby sister, right?” She said, “That’s exactly how it is. I’ve never thought of it that way!”

I knew I would stop drinking and eating dairy products. It’s been four years since I went vegan, and I love it! Because I know I’m helping animals and also the earth, too. Soon, my whole family joined me. Not eating animal products will not only save animals, but it will help stop much of the damage we have done to the earth.

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