About The Eutopian

I’m Ari Evergreen, living in Ithaca, New York. I started this site in August 2009, in an attempt to help raise the visibility of the vegan community in this area; it was called Vegan Ithaca. Since then, I’ve learned that I’d rather not try to represent anyone else or define veganism for others, and I don’t like worrying about what’s “vegan enough” to share under that title. So, now this site is more clearly coming from just my perspective. You can find other Ithaca-area animal allies listed on this page.

In January 2014, I changed the site’s name yet again, from the more personal Living a Vegan Life in Ithaca to the broader, more intersectional The Eutopian. This more clearly reflects the site’s expanding focus on sustainability, anti-capitalism, anti-racism, intersectional ecofeminism, and other issues.


I hope to continue to learn, so please take anything I write here with a grain of salt, and know that in the future, I might be writing something very different. In the meantime, this is where I’m at and what I have to humbly offer, right now. As the Buddha said, please be sure to do your own research and come to your own conclusions.

In the media

Thanks to the following folks for speaking with me about animal rights, anti-capitalism, sustainability, and other utopian topics – and for publishing my words / art!


7 thoughts on “About The Eutopian

  1. Hi,
    My name is Sue, I live in Ottawa Canada. I travel to the States quite often and I am a former resident of South Bend Indiana.
    I am so happy to see a Vegan group in Ithaca.
    Hope to visit you some time.
    I see that the Group True nature might be coming to Ithaca. Could some one shed some light on this venue. I would definitely come to see them.
    Peace and Love
    With Animal Love
    Sue Manns
    Ottawa Animal Defense League

  2. Thanks for writing, Sue! It’s good to meet you online. There are so many vegan groups here I was having trouble keeping them straight – I’m glad the site helped you find us here!

  3. Hi Ari! Really enjoyed reading your blog, very thoughtful! I wanted to tell you on behalf of the Rainforest Action Network that there’s a roadtour coming to Ithaca next month, and we have some events planned we would love to have you at! There will be opportunity for creative expression and involvement in the palm oil campaign if you’re interested. megan@ran.org Thanks!

    1. Awesome, thanks for the comment! My hands are really full right now, but I’d be very happy to help get the word out. Leave me another comment here or send me an email at ari at shirari.com and I’ll make sure it gets up on this blog as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

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