“We should keep on fighting no matter how big and difficult a battle may seem."
Who are you and what is your mission?
My name is Seb, born and raised in Lebanon, I advocate for animal rights to make this world a more just place for all beings.
How did you get started and what were the obstacles you had to overcome?
I became vegan around 7 years ago and started doing activism a year later by joining local groups in Barcelona. A couple of years later I started organizing events myself dedicated all my time to Animal Rights Advocacy.
During 2018, I gave talks on Vegan Advocacy, Why Veganism, Why Activism and Learning From Previous Struggles to over 1200+ people across Europe (such as but not limited to: Germany, Sweden, Turkey, Poland, Switzerland) and Australia.
In 2019 and 2020, I was invited to speak about Animal Exploitation & Sustainability in more than 50 universities and schools in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, The Netherlands, United Kingdom and Portugal, reaching more than 5000 students between the ages of 13 and 30.
What advice would you give to somebody who is just getting started on their own mission/journey?
Do a lot of research and watch documentaries about veganism and animal rights. Make sure to sign up to free platforms that help you go vegan by offering advice, nutritional help and more. You can find this at pcrm.org or veganbootcamp.org.
What are the three most important lessons you've learned in life and on your journey so far?
We should keep on fighting no matter how big and difficult a battle may seem.
We should use our power (however small or big) to help other animals.
Spend time with people you love and value and surround yourself with those who celebrate your success and have your back when you fail.
What do you do when you feel stuck, insecure, or overwhelmed?
I have a strict routine for self care and mental health. I cycle 15km a day and do ice baths and meditation regularly.
What are three values you live by?
Humility, empathy and gratitude.
What is your definition of freedom? And what do you do to get there?
Bodily autonomy, safety from harm and exploitation while talking about freedom as what we and other animals should experience. Safety and calmth while talking about mental state of mind. Ice baths are where I feel the most free because in those few minutes nothing more than my breath exists. No thoughts, no distraction, just breathing.
Who or what inspires you?
Throughout my life I’ve felt inspired by many people, both historical figures and people I know or have met. I’ve learned a lot from Malcolm X, Mohamed Ali and others. My father and his commitment and fight for justice and peace throughout his life has also been a major source of inspiration.
If you had one wish for the world, what would it be?
My one wish for the world would be for human beings to realize the importance of having justice and respect towards each other, other animals and the environment!
A closing sentence.
Do not try to do what you see other activists doing. Look within, see what YOU are good at, explore your talents, ask yourself what you can offer to this movement and then give it all you got. Never give up, take care of yourself and your mental health, and stay safe.
If you want to know more about Seb and his mission, here is how you can connect with him:
Youtube: Seb Alex
Facebook: Seb Alex