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James Aspey

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In 1994, James Aspey was diagnosed with leukemia and T-cell Lymphoma. After being told he had six weeks to live, he endured intense chemotherapy and remains in remission to this day. Now, over a decade later, James is vegan and an animal rights activist from Sydney, Australia. In 2014, he embarked on an unprecedented and life-changing challenge. James took a 365 day vow of silence to raise awareness for animals and promote peace over violence. He traveled throughout Australia and cycled 5,000 kilometers from Darwin to Sydney for his campaign, Voiceless365. He broke his vow of silence on Australia's most popular morning TV show in an iconic, live interview that was viewed by millions. Since then, James has shared more about his past, including a history of drug abuse and bulimia, and his road to full recovery. In 2016, he was tattooed for 24 hours straight to raise money for charity, and he has given over 150 free speeches on his journey. One of his speeches has over 11 million views online, and the list of people inspired by James is long and growing every day.

Lectures for the 2019 Cruise

Lecture: A Vow of Silence for the Animals
James will take you on his inspiring and entertaining journey from someone who didn’t like animals at all and felt nothing when seeing slaughterhouse footage, to being so inspired and passionate about helping animals that he took a 365 day vow of silence to raise awareness for them and spread the vegan message. Find out how he navigated through his voiceless year and why he believes his campaign was so successful in reaching millions of people all around the world.

Lecture: Compassionate, Effective Vegan Advocacy
James will share his best tips on how to help people go vegan and teach us skills that we can continue to develop in order to become the most inspiring and effective vegan activists we can be. His methods come from his trial and error experiences through thousands of interactions with people on the topic. James will also teach us techniques we can use to rise above the negativity and abuse activists are often faced with as well as methods to help navigate around people's defense mechanisms.

Panel Discussion: Growing the Vegan and Plant-Based Community with Gene Baur, Melissa Karpel, Robert Cheeke and James Aspey
This panel will explore how various organizations and thought leaders are spreading the word about veganism, plant-based diets and the associated lifestyles. Panelists will discuss how activism, community organizing, events, and online and social media have been used to grow the vegan and plant-based community over the last decade. The discussion will explore ways that larger organizations are building communities as well as suggestions and ideas for the audience to get involved in the movement to influence their family, friends and local community to embrace veganism and plant-based diets. We will also discuss the challenges that can come from promoting diets and lifestyles that push back against the mainstream American diet and lifestyle.

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