Alison Plaumer

Alison Plaumer

Humane Being

Alison Plaumer first became aware of environmental damage humans do, via a Greenpeace street stall, in the 1980’s. She joined instantly, and became coordinator of one of the first Greenpeace support groups, while Greenpeace was still in a tiny office in Islington. There was no internet at that time, so everything was by street stalls, demos, and phone calls. She assisted with campaigns to prevent the Antarctic from exploitation by rich corporations, to stop illegal whaling, and deep sea trawlers overfishing. She became vegetarian after watching the incredibly distressing Animals film 40 years ago. It showed the reality of animal agriculture, usually hidden from public view. She remembers the feeling still. Sitting on a wall after seeing the film, saying to herself “How can I call myself an animal lover, and eat animals?”. It was a pivotal moment. Alison has spent most of her life campaigning, working full time as a Lecturer in Social Sciences, and looking after, rehabilitating, and rehoming rescued dogs for a small London sanctuary called Tail ends. It was run by vegans, who informed her of the cruel reality of the dairy industry. Alison became vegan as a result 30yrs ago, She then became involved for the next 10years, in anti-vivisection, anti-meat, anti-fur campaigning. Since then she has spent 10 years being very active in Brighton Green party, both as Chair of the animal protection group, and a Candidate. She just missed getting elected as a councillor, by a few votes. About 15 years ago Alison’s college Principal was looking for ways to help his college become more “Green”, but was unsure how, so she made a bid to him, designed a job, and was hired as the first Green college manager in the UK, helping other colleges in the country to start this process. This resulted in a 25% carbon reduction for the college. In 2018, she set up Brighton XR, participated in all the Rebellions, and was a coordinator for over a year and a half. Last summer (2021), she retired from teaching. Since then, she has been doing voluntary work for both Animal Rebellion, and Humane Being, working on the SCRAP Campaign. She lives in Brighton with her partner and their two rescued dogs.