Global campaign to combat climate change by overhauling the World's food systems

Global campaign to combat climate change by overhauling the World's food systems

Activists from all across the world are urging governments to prioritise food systems in their efforts to address the climate issue. The campaign for a "Plant-Based Treaty" will put pressure on leaders to develop a global accord to reduce the environmental impact of animal agriculture.

To persuade politicians to sign the Treaty, protests are taking place outside around 100 town and city halls around the world, including Manchester, Bristol, Amsterdam, Lisbon, Rome, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Toronto, Seoul, Mumbai, and Ankara. Using this grassroots backing, the movement hopes to get 10 million people, 10,000 organisations, 10,000 enterprises, and 50 cities to sign the treaty by 2023, just in time for the Paris Agreement's Global Stocktake (GST). Moby, Leona Lewis, and Sophie Aldred are among the high-profile celebrities who have endorsed the deal.

The Treaty calls on world leaders to negotiate a worldwide accord based on three principles:

RELINQUISH - For the sake of animal agriculture, no land use change, environmental degradation, or deforestation is permitted.

REDIRECT - A concerted effort to shift away from animal-based agriculture and toward plant-based agriculture.

RESTORE – Reforest the Earth and restore important ecosystems.

Countries signed the Paris Agreement in 2015, agreeing to keep global warming at 2°C — and preferably 1.5°C – above pre-industrial levels. While reducing fossil fuel consumption is an important step toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions, it is insufficient to fulfil this legally required goal. The Plant-Based Treaty emphasises the impact of meat, dairy, and egg farming on carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide emissions, which are three main greenhouse gases. Methane reductions, according to experts, are likely the only option to avoid temperature rises of more than 1.5°C, as well as the best chance to halt warming between now and 2040.

“As the production of meat and dairy is a main source of the climate emergency, it is apparent that we cannot solve the climate problem without going plant-based,” remarked international recording artist Moby. Change is necessary, and I support the Plant-Based Treaty for the sake of the animals, the environment, and human health.”

“The sixth Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) accord makes it clear that reducing greenhouse gas emissions is more vital than ever, and recognises plant-based diets as a key strategy of achieving this,” said Anita Krajnc, Global Campaign Coordinator for the Plant Based Treaty. With our global temperature likely to climb by 3°C unless we take immediate action, it is now more important than ever to raise awareness about how our food systems, particularly animal agriculture, contribute to the climate crisis.”

“Business as usual is no longer an option with only five years remaining to reverse the worst effects of climate change. It's past time to transition to a plant-based economy in order to repair the damage we've done to the environment and build a healthy society.”