Crises in the Ocean: How Compassionate Action Benefits Us All

Featuring Gene Baur, Jonathan Balcombe and Kate Mackey

(and a vegan cooking demo by Joni Marie Newman)
Saturday April 29, 2017

  • 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. : Speaker and panel discussion
  • 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. : Cooking and compost demo, book signing and lunch
  • 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. People’s Climate March – Orange County

Note: If you plan to attend ONLY the 2-4 pm climate march, please register on that site: RSVP separately for the People’s Climate March (only)


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Lunch Menu
Surf & Turf Taco Plate

Surf: Fish-y Tacos
Hijiki seaweed infused rice ‘fish’-filets, cabbage slaw, radish relish & Tartar sauce made with aquafaba

Turf: Chickpea Tacos Tradicional
Traditional Mexican style street tacos filled with taco spiced chickpeas, with cabbage, diced onions, cilantro, and a chipotle crema made with aquafaba.
Cilantro Lime Rice & Beans

*Shared equipment, vinegar used

Lunch Info
Compostable supplies for lunch will be provided, however, reducing waste by bringing your own cloth napkin, re-useable plate, utensils, beverage container are all strongly encouraged and greatly appreciated.
Seating during lunch will be available inside and outside. Please consider bringing a blanket to sit on for outdoor seating.

Irvine United Congregational Church
4915 Alton Pkwy, Irvine, CA 92604

Parking is allowed at Irvine United Congregational Church,
St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church (next door to IUCC).
Parking is limited—carpooling is encouraged!

Gene Baur

Gene Baur has been hailed as “the conscience of the food movement” by Time magazine. For more than 25 years he has traveled extensively around the country, campaigning to raise awareness about the abuses of industrialized factory farming and our current food system.

A pioneer in the field of undercover investigations, Gene has visited hundreds of farms, stockyards, and slaughterhouses documenting their deplorable conditions. His pictures and videos exposing factory farming cruelties have aired nationally and internationally, educating millions about the plight of modern farm animals.

Jonathan Balcombe, Ph.D.

Jonathan Balcombe was born in England, raised in New Zealand and Canada, and has lived in the United States since 1987.

He has three biology degrees, including a PhD in ethology (the study of animal behavior) from the University of Tennessee, where he studied communication in bats. He has published over 50 scientific papers on animal behavior and animal protection.

Read more about Jonathan Balcombe

Katherine Mackey, Ph.D.

Dr. Katherine (Kate) Mackey is an oceanographer whose research and findings in marine biogeochemistry are progressive and pioneering. Mackey is the Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Earth System Science at the University of California, Irvine. Her current research focus is on the biological, chemical, and physical processes that govern the ocean’s response to natural and human-caused global change. In particular, her lab studies phytoplankton, the microscopic marine plants that form the base of the aquatic food web and that generate half the oxygen we breathe through photosynthesis. She leads a large, dynamic lab of talented graduate and undergraduate students who work together and share a passion for research, teaching, and science outreach.

Joni Marie Newman

Joni Marie Newman is a vegan for the animals. She is a ten-time published plant-based cookbook author. Her work has been featured in VegNews, Mother Jones, One Green Planet, and many others. She can be found teaching cooking classes and speaking at VegFests, and vegan events. She is the founder and contributor to


IUCC Green Faith Committee

SoCal Vegfest