Cows vs the Green New Deal at Vanderbilt University!

A student votes in CFACT’s Green New Deal poll in front of Rand Hall on campus.

CFACT activists at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN took to campus to ask students a question: “Cows? or the Green New Deal?”

While the question may seem silly at first glance, it is designed to showcase the fallacy of one of the main tenets of the Green New Deal, which actually discussed the importance of limiting cow flatulence, or farts, as a way to limit greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

So, CFACT traversed campus holding a sign where students could place their sticker next to what they voted for, the infamous Green New Deal, or a humble cow.

A group of Vandy collegians decide between the cow or the Green New Deal.

“This game actually sparked some very deep, informative, and sometimes heated discussions,” explained Graham Beduze, Associate Director of Collegians for CFACT. “Students had to think about whether limiting cows was a serious way of tackling this issue, which of course it isn’t. But one student in particular asserted her belief that limiting cow farts actually wasn’t in the Green New Deal. We calmly but firmly explained while there may have been many revised versions of it with different language, this was in fact a very important part of the proposal.”

In addition to sparking conversation on campus about the Green New Deal, CFACT met with and motivated liberty-minded students on campus to discuss how best to engage with the student body on free markets.

CFACT’s Graham Beduze talks to Vanderbilt liberty leaders on how to inspire with free market environmentalism, energy freedom, and loving the outdoors.

The students, who are involved with Young Americans for Liberty, eagerly discussed how to partner with CFACT to make an even greater impact on energy issues on campus.

Many ideas that were discussed included hiking trips and litter clean ups, distributing flyers or manning conversation booths in regards to campus recycling programs and energy de-investment campaigns, as well as bringing in speakers and documentaries as a way to engage a greater number of their peers. Student Grace Cancelmo, a sophomore, is leading efforts on this as CFACT’s campus Driessen Fellow, with the responsibility of bringing these issues to light at the school.