It will be some time before the JAINA convention will be held in person, given the Covid19 pandemic. The 2019 convention had some wonderful talks and the Jain Center of Southern California did a lot of hard work to deliver an excellent convention. They even made audio recordings of the talks, which can be accessed here.
The Ahimsak Eco-vegan Committee track presentations are included in the audio compilation with some of the slide highlights below.
Ms. Sarah Taylor: Making Positive Changes Last
Dr. Michael Klaper:Health Benefits of Fasting and Vegan Diets
Dr. Sailesh Rao: How not to get extinct
Dr. Will Tuttle Revealing the Hidden Connections
There was a working session with Sudhanshu Jain to get feedback on the Jain Declaration on the Climate Crisis. Keynotes by Ingrid Newkirk and Phillip Wollen were also influential and presentations by Shaleen Shah of Luvin’ Arm and Erika Abrams on Animal Aid Unlimited were powerful examples of service in action. And in the exhibit hall, the president of JSSC also funded a booth and stickers were handed out saying “Every Jain should be Vegan”.
Group photo outside of the dining tent
A generous donor arranged for one fully vegan day and vegan options were available, as usual for the remainder of the day. Another generous donor place a refillable bottle in each bag to help minimize the use of plastic bottles. Compostable plates were used.