Veg Celeb: Xavier Rudd

Backed by a globally diverse band of musicians—aptly named The United Nations—Australian musical artist and eco-activist Xavier Rudd this spring released a new album, Nanna. Rudd chats with us just as he’s about to kick off a North American tour with the band.
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Backed by a globally diverse band of musicians—aptly named The United Nations—Australian musical artist and eco-activist Xavier Rudd this spring released a new album, Nanna. Rudd chats with us just as he’s about to kick off a North American tour with the band.

How would you describe your music? My current album is world-roots-reggae with a great respect for grandmother creation.

What’s it like following a plant-based diet in Australia? In the area that I live in Australia on the east coast, there’s a lot of amazing local produce so you can pretty much eat local all the time.

How is Australia advancing with animal rights? It’s quite good I think in comparison to the rest of the world, because we have a lot of staunch animal lovers and a smaller popular population on a larger space.

From your travels, have you seen progress in meeting ecological challenges? I’ve seen slow but steady progress in lots of parts of the world. I’ve seen small groups become larger over time, and I’ve seen quite a significant awakening to consciousness for change on this earth over the last 15 years. The problem is, that feels slow in a fast-paced world. Still, there is change happening, and we do need to be believing in that.