Vegan Graffiti on Dalry Road, Edinburgh

Vegan graffiti and other messages tagged on Dalry Road, Edinburgh. The message reads "Vegan: Compassion non-violence for people for animals and planet"Vegan graffiti and other messages tagged on Dalry Road, Edinburgh

Earlier today I hit upon this fascinating and poignant article in The Scotsman about the changing face of Gorgie-Dalry over the last 40 years. For those of you who live in Edinburgh, or those with a more general interest in economic and social history, the article by David McLean, featuring the photography of artist Catherine Stevenson, is well worth a browse.

It’s also prompted me to post these (admittedly far less quality) photos of a series of vegan graffiti and various inspirational quotes, that are scrawled on the side of a building site at the junction of Dalry Road and Morrison Street. Unlike most of the graffiti in this busy part of town, their meaning is clear, carrying messages of non-violence, self-belief, ethical treatment of animals and more. I’ve walked past these scrawled messages every day for weeks, perhaps months, so finally decided to snap a few pics.

BE THE CHANGE you want TO SEE in the world

BE THE CHANGE you want TO SEE in the world

The above is popularly attributed to Gandhi, but is actually a bumper sticker, according to the New York Times.

Whatever happens in your life remember: YOU're the most beautiful and important person in this WORLD

Whatever happens in your life remember: YOU’re the most beautiful and important person in this WORLD

BUY LESS DO MORE

BUY LESS DO MORE

System change NOT CLIMATE change

System change NOT CLIMATE change

We’re unsure who’s behind these messages, and I’m no handwriting expert. System Change Not Climate Change is a familiar enough slogan, an ecosocialist mantra that comes with its own website.

The temporary timber wall that serves as a canvas for these tags separates Dalry Road from the site of the much anticipated £200 million Haymarket Development (website here), an ongoing construction project which, The Scotsman writes, is currently delayed. Finally, at top, the vegan graffiti that, IIRC, led to the rest:

VEGAN

Compassion non-violence for people for animals and planet

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