Once again, we have been left in awe of 11-year-old vegan activist, Genesis Butler! The superstar activist has been vegan since age six, started her own advocacy organization by the age of eight, and at the age of ten, she gave her first TEDx talk about the link between what we eat and climate change. Amazing, right?

In light of her accomplishments for building a more sustainable world, Genesis was recently awarded the first-ever Young Hero for Animals Award by animal rights organization PETA and their supporters Carlee and Laurie McGrath!

Emmy award-winning journalist Jane Velez-Mitchell presented the award in Rancho Santa Fe, California, alongside PETA President and Founder, Ingrid E. Newkirk


As the first recipient of the Young Hero Award, PETA hopes to inspire other young people to pursue their advocacy for animals. Genesis is certainly a great role model for other kids!


Genesis previously won PETA Kids’ Cutest Vegan Kid in the 2015 contest, as well as the Young Vegan of the Year Award from Vegansarecool.com. Congratulations, Genesis! We can’t wait to see what else is in store for you.

Seeing as factory farming is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire transportation sectored, we certainly need more activists like Genesis who are actively working to change the world for the better. And as Genesis proves, everyone can make a difference, regardless of their age, race, gender or size. We all have the power to make a difference for the planet by opting for plant-based foods!

To stay up to date on Genesis and her activism, follow her Facebook page, A Vegan Child’s Journey.

To learn more about how you can help the environment with your food choices, check out the new #EatForThePlanet book!


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