Speaking

Dr. Richard Oppenlander speaks from the heart while offering compelling and oft shocking research about food choice and how it silently remains the single-most destructive aspect of global depletion. Since 1976, he has extensively studied the effect our food choices have on our health and the immense impact those choices have on our environment. Dr. Oppenlander has given hundreds of lectures, presentations, and open discussions on this topic.

From colleges/universities and corporate board rooms to organizations and private settings, Dr. Oppenlander’s offers his perspectives and solutions to our food choices and putting an end to the destruction of our natural resources.

Dr. Richard Oppenlander's perspectives include, “We should all be committed to understanding the reality and consequences of our diet, the footprint it makes on our environment, and seek food products that are in the best interest of all living things.”

Oppenlander’s inaugural book, “Comfortably Unaware”, explores the disparate gap between the ways in which we nod to sustainable movements, yet often ignore the very issue that is fast-depleting our planet of its resources. Amidst conversations about greenhouse gas emissions, it remains astounding that we do not fully recognize food choice responsibility and the fact that a plant-based diet could rectify our planet’s current course of destruction. While presenting candid facts with unapologetic and stark mental images, Oppenlander makes us just uncomfortable enough to ask ourselves whether we want to remain a society that is ‘comfortably unaware,’ or not.

1. Global Depletion and Food Choice

Why the single most relevant culprit in the destruction of our planet is being excluded within conversations about global depletion, and how we can change that fact.

Duration: 45 minutes to 1 hour

Presentation style: Keynote, lecture, workshop, Q & A

Venues: Conferences, college/university curriculum

2. The Sustainability Conversation: Why Sustainability Initiatives Exclude Food Choice as a Relevant Culprit in Global Depletion

A triad approach to the ways in which our food choices are affecting our health, the planet's health and the welfare of the animals.

Duration: 45 minutes to 1 hour

Presentation style: Keynote, lecture

Venues: Keynote, lecture, college/university sustainability organizations and curriculum

3. Solutions to Food Production Inefficiencies and Unsustainable Practices

Dr. Oppenlander outlines effective ways to shift the current practices within our food production processes; ways that positively effect the planet and create optimal conditions for food production companies.

Duration: 45 minutes to 1 hour

Presentation style: Lecture, consultation, panel discussion

Venues: Corporate town hall meetings, sustainability initiative seminars for executives, consultation

4. Grass-Fed Beef: A Popular Misconception in America

Dr. Oppenlander challenges audiences with new insights regarding the popular focus of grass-fed farms and ranches being better for the sustainability movement and our health. Dr. Oppenlander does so by exposing our cultural, social, educational, governmental and even media influences.

Duration: 45 minutes

Presentation style: Keynote, lecture

Venues: Keynote, lecture, college/university sustainability organizations and curriculum

5. Corporate Sustainability and Food Choice Responsibility

This presentation is delivered in a lecture style to corporations with wellness and sustainability initiatives interested in adding the relevance of food choice as a primary focus within their sustainability initiatives.

Duration: 1 - 1.5 hours

Presentation style: Lecture, consultation, panel discussion

Venues: Corporate town hall meetings, sustainability initiative seminars for executives, private company consultations

6. Your Food Choices are Killing You ... and Our Planet

This presentation offers a basic outline of the facts and information pivotal to Dr. Oppenlander's work and within his inaugural book COMFORTABLY UNAWARE; the ill-health of our bodies and our planet based on what we choose to eat daily.

Duration: 45 minutes to 1 hour

Presentation style: Keynote, lecture

Venues: Keynote, lecture, workshops, panels, college/university sustainability organizations and curriculum

7. Plant-Based Diets for Everyday Living

This presentation is informal in structure, and offers audiences a glimpse into the triad focus of personal, planetary and animal health through a plant-based diet. Whether a staunch vegan or someone interested in contributing to the welfare of their own health and the health of the planet by modifying their food choices, this workshop offers ways to enhance one's life with a plant-based focus. Full of nutritional information, and ways to implement such information, Dr. Oppenlander offers his personal and professional insight into a plant-based lifestyle.

Duration: Varies

Presentation style: Lecture

Venues: Keynote, lecture, workshops, panels, college/university sustainability organizations and curriculum

Stay tuned for updates regarding Dr. Oppenlander’s speaking tour for his new book. He plans to time his speaking engagements around on going research and commitments related to his non-profit organization, Inspire Awareness Now.

Schedule:

November 14, 2015: Food=Medicine Conference, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

November 17, 2015: Alverno College, Milwaukee, WI

December 2, 2015: European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium

February 13, 2016: Dr. McDougall's Advanced Weekend Study, Santa Rosa, CA

April 12, 2016: VSH Honolulu, HA

April 14, 2016: VSH Maui, HA

April 20-12: Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA

May 7, 2016: Cleveland VegFest, Cleveland, OH

May 15, 2016: Food Choice and Sustainability--Tipping Point Realities, Port Townsend, WA

May 17, 2016: MEAT Panel, Forum/Think Tank Strategy Session Conference, San Diego, CA

June 18, 2016: The Food Remedy Project, Toronto, Canada

July 8, 2016: Keynote speaker North American Vegetarian SummerFest, Johnstown, PA

July 9, 2016: Leading Workshop, NAVs Johnstown, PA

August 21, 2016: Plant-Stock, 2Forks Event, Esselstyn Family Farm, Upstate NY

September 9, 2016: Lead Panel Discussion, Real Truth About Health, Orlando, FL

September 10, 2016: Presentation, Real Truth about Health, Orlando, FL

September 10 & 16: Presentation and Panel Discussion, Real Truth About Health, Orlando, FL

September 17: 2016: Keynote Address, Cowspiracy Conference for Sustainability & Activism, Berkeley, CA

September 24, 2016: Erie VegFest, Erie, PA

October 25, 2016: Keynote Presentation, American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Naples, FL