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Once you’re interested in, or have been introduced to, the idea of going vegan, it’s natural to want to find as many resources as you can to learn about the lifestyle.
Before I went vegan in 2015, I spent a few weeks watching countless videos and documentaries, reading books, and surfing the web for all the information I could find about this new way of living that I’d never considered before. Safe to say I learnt a lot in those few weeks, which led me to experience a mix of emotions including anger, frustration, motivation, excitement and optimism.
Some of the best resources I found were on YouTube. In fact, a couple of videos in particular ‘pushed me over the edge’ so to speak. Yes, some triggered the crap out of me in many ways, and led me to question a lot of things I thought to be true. But that’s why they were so effective.
If you are new to veganism or are interested in learning more about it, here five of the most educational and through-provoking vegan-related videos you can find on YouTube.
5 must-watch youtube videos for beginner vegans
The best speech you’ll ever hear – Gary Yourovsky
This is the video that turned me vegan for good. Gary’s 2010 speech at Georgia Tech might include a lot of things you’ll find difficult to hear, but there’s no denying the truth in what he’s saying. He blows away vegan myths, fill your mind with interesting facts and inspire you to make ethical choices in your daily life.
Dairy Is Scary – Erin Janus
Want to know why vegans don’t eat dairy? This video should do it. I highly doubt that the glass of cow’s milk or slice of dairy cheese will look very appealing after watching this video. Good news is, there are so many plant-based milk alternatives!
The Food Matrix – James WIldman
Probably my favourite video when it comes to explaining the basics of veganism. I’ve shared this with many friends and family members. Even if you have a short attention span, you’ll be hooked on this video until the end. Pure logic (explained in a calm, rational, and encouraging way) at it’s finest.
Every argument against veganism – Earthling Ed
Simply put, this TED Talk features Earthling Ed, a vegan educator from the UK, debunking every argument against veganism. You’ll learn some handy comebacks to use at your next family gathering…
Casa de Carne – Last chance for animals
It only takes two minutes and 21 seconds for this Black Mirror-esque video to make a powerful point. Could you do it?
youtube is a great source for beginner vegans
If you only watch five videos on YouTube about veganism, these are the ones I’d recommend. However, there are SO many other fantastic videos on YouTube that I know you’ll love and learn from. For my complete list, plus books, podcasts, and educational websites, subscribe to get my FREE Ultimate List of Vegan Resources for Beginners!
What YouTube videos inspired you to go vegan? Share them in the comments!