Interview: Jeff Sebo talks about his new book, Saving Animals, Saving Ourselves

How to include animals in climate action, pandemic prevention and everything else

In his new book Saving Animals, Saving Ourselves, Professor Jeff Sebo talks about why we should — and how we can — consider animals when we tackle issues like the climate crisis and future pandemics. During our conversation, I asked him about the book, the challenges of science communication, and the state of Generation Z (or more specifically — what to do when my some hypothetical 17 year old says we’re all doomed anyway so why bother).

Watch the video above or listen to the podcast (published in a separate post because Substack hasn’t figured this out yet).

Jeff Sebo is Clinical Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Affiliated Professor of Bioethics, Medical Ethics, and Philosophy, and Director of the Animal Studies M.A. Program at New York University. He works primarily in bioethics, animal ethics, and environmental ethics. He is co-author of Chimpanzee Rights and Food, Animals, and the Environment. He is also an executive committee member at the NYU Center for Environmental and Animal Protection, an advisory board member at the Animals in Context series at NYU Press, a board member at Minding Animals International, a mentor at Sentient Media, and a senior research affiliate at the Legal Priorities Project.


Hits and Misses: What I cooked for my non-vegan family this week

Hits: I veganized this chorizo rice recipe by swapping Trader Joes’ soyrizo for chorizo (not quite the same since this the original recipe called for smoked chorizo but it worked anyway) and using veg broth rather than water and a chicken bouillon cube.

Misses: I concocted what I thought would be a fabulous sesame noodle dish with smoked tofu and roasted broccoli but all we had for noodles was an instant vermicelli that didn’t work so well with this dish. Obviously I announced to anyone who cared (just myself really) that we will NEVER buy these noodles again as it completely ruined my GENIUS work.

Jenny Splitter