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 promote a shift to healthier, sustainable, plant-based diets.
The campaigners urge scientists, individuals, groups, businesses, and cities to endorse this call to action and pressure national governments to negotiate an international Plant Based Treaty.
The key findings of IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report make clear we have a slim chance of limiting global temperature rises to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
We must limit fossil fuels and deforestation plus we need rapid, robust, and sustained reduction of greenhouse gases.
“While carbon dioxide is the dominant gas, stronger reductions in methane are critical. The Plant Based Treaty (along with the Fossil Fuel Nonproliferation Treaty) provide a logical pathway to the solutions needed now”Anita Krajnc, Global Campaign Coordinator for Plant Based Treaty
The three R principles of the Plant Based Treaty
As a companion to the Paris Climate Agreement, the campaigners are urging governments to negotiate a global treaty that will include the following 3 R principles:
- Relinquish: the animal agriculture industry cannot continue to expand and deforest the earth.
- Redirect: promote a radical shift to plant-based food systems away from animal agriculture.
- Restore: heal key ecosystems and reforest the Earth.
They are inviting 10 million individuals, 10,000 organizations, 10,000 businesses, and 50 cities by 2023 to endorse the call to action.
We collectively need to put pressure on national governments to negotiate an international Plant-Based Treaty.
With the treaty, the campaigners hope that national governments will see the support behind its principles and will start negotiating vital changes in our food system.
“Eat plants. Plant trees.
We need diet change, not climate change.”
The campaign has started gaining a lot of interest even before it’s official launch on the 31st of August. As a result the number of pre-launch endorsers are increasing daily.
Some of the notable ones are Ecotricity (which powers GreenLivingUK), Lush, Viva, Pro Veg International, Plant Based Health Professionals, Climate Save Movement and more.
Amongst the scientists include, Peter D Carter, M.D, Director Climate Emergency Institute, IPCC expert reviewer and
Danny Harvey, IPCC Lead Author on the 4th and 5th Assessment Reports, Working Group III.
Politicians who have signed the treaty:
Animal Protection Party
Juan Carlos Losada Vargas, Member of the Colombian House of Representatives.
Eleonora Evi MEP
Anja Hazekamp MEP
Tilly Metz MEP
Sylwia Spurek MEP
Stefano Fassina, Member of Parliament of the Italian Republic and Municipal Councillor of Rome, former Deputy Minister for the Economy
Senator Jesusa Rodriguez
Cllr. Andrew Varney, Deputy Lord Mayor 2021-2022, Councillor for Brislington West, Bristol City Council
Cllr. Mohamed Makawi, Green Councillor for Cotham ward Bristol City Council
How You can Endorse the Plant Based Treaty
You can endorse the treaty as an individual, organisation, business or city by signing here plantbasedtreaty.org/endorse/ .
There are a number of steps you can take after you sign the treaty to make your endorsement count:
- Download badges and promotional materials to use on your website and newsletters.
- Download your social media pack.
- Add the Planet Based Treaty to your Facebook profile photo.
- Choose a letter template to write to your politicians about it.
- Finally, you can set your own treaty goals and help encourage others to endorse the Plant Based Treaty.
Individual action is needed and fast!
Be the change our world needs and sign the treaty.
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