What Is The Plant Based Treaty?
As individuals, tackling the climate crisis can feel impossible. But, aside from changing your diet, there are other things you can do. One way is by getting involved with initiatives that will pressure governments to take urgent action. One such initiative is the Plant-Based Treaty.
What Is It?
According to their website, the Plant-Based Treaty initiative is:
‘a grassroots campaign designed to put food systems at the forefront of combating the climate crisis. Modeled on the popular Fossil Fuel Treaty, the Plant-Based Treaty aims to halt the widespread degradation of critical ecosystems caused by animal agriculture and to promote a shift to healthier, sustainable plant-based diets.’
What Are Its Goals?
The Plant-Based treaty has three core principles:
1) Relinquish - no land-use change, ecosystem degradation or deforestation for animal
2) Redirect - an active transition away from animal-based food systems to plant-based systems.
3) Restore - actively restore key ecosystems, particularly restoring forests and rewilding
By 2023 the organisers aim to be endorsed by:
- 10 million individuals
- 10 000 organisations
- 10 000 businesses
- 50 cities
Who Has Endorsed It So far?
So far, over 20 000 people have signed the treaty, 500+ organizations, 300+ businesses, and two cities. It has the support of celebrities; Joaquin Phoenix, Moby, Paul McCartney, George Monbiot, Evanna Lynch, Leona Lewis, Rooney Mara, Jerome Flynn, and more. Dozens of politicians worldwide have endorsed it, and scientists including Expert Reviewers and Authors of the IPCC reports, UN Ambassadors, doctors, and athletes.
Why does it matter?
Animal agriculture is a leading cause of greenhouse gasses. It is a leading cause of methane gas (80 times more potent than Co2 over 20 years) and nitrous oxide (300 times more potent than Co2 and damages the ozone layer). While governments are slowly addressing fossil fuel use, we have done extraordinarily little to reduce the impact of our food systems on the environment. At present, animal agriculture contributes more GHG's than all forms of transport combined. We will never reach the goal set out in the Paris Agreement of achieving carbon neutrality (net zero) by 2050 unless we take drastic action to our food production. The Plant-Based Treaty aims to bring this critical issue to the centre of attention.
What can you do?
- Sign the treaty at https://plantbasedtreaty.org
- Connect with the Plant-Based treaty across their social media channels
- Write a letter to your local councillor, TD, Senator or MEP encouraging them to sign the
- Download their social media packs and share them with others
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