Lucy Verde Roze
Lucy Verde Roze
Animal Rights Activist
Born and raised in Africa, Lucy has always had a deep passion for animals and speaking up for the rights of the downtrodden of this world. Connecting with creatures such as lions, elephants and buffalo in their natural habitat of the savannah had a huge impact on her later surrender to veganism.
Lucy's journey into vegansim began with separation from her mother at a young age, having her own natural habitat, her homeland removed, and eventually a brief but painful loss of autonomy over her own body. While in Cambodia learning the meditation technique of Vipassana, the powerlessness and objectification she had experienced throughout her life connected her with the plight of modern day dairy cows and their calves. This spiritual awakening through physical and emotional trauma lifted the veil of lies from her eyes and she began devouring information on animal agriculture.
Once she'd accepted the truth and allowed anti-speciesism into her life, she knew she had to become active. Just like her journey into veganism, she didn't know what form my activism would take - which has been a trip in itself. After stumbling on the concept of educational street outreach online, Lucy was mobilized to move to Melbourne and join the core Cube of Truth crew there. She absorbed all effective debating techniques she could, and took what she learned up the East Coast and across the ditch. Through Sydney to Byron and back to NZ, Lucy set up many new chapters and organised her own kiwi dairy-country Cube. The urgency she felt to change the way we as humans view and treat animals drew her to Direct Action, and she took on leading New Zealand's first dairy farm disruption.
Not only did her first direct action strengthen her resolve to be as effective as possible on the streets (opening new Cube chapters and returning to Sydney to help organise the ever-expanding chapter there) but also to help run rodeo protests, document food-court and meat-fest disruptions, as well as marches and attempted open rescues. All the work that activists do takes a massive amount of physical, mental and emotional energy. Constantly dealing with imminent burnout is a very harsh reality of the daily battle we face against speciesism.
One area Lucy now focuses on is helping other activists with self-care and -protection. She runs meditation events and sharing circles designed to facilitate healing, for the sake of our own mental health, avoiding burnout and towards highly effective activism. Her aim is to strengthen hearts and minds of those driven to save lives, to get them back on streets and on screens, changing the world together.