On 31st August 2021, the Plant Based Treaty was launched in 90 cities across the world as well as in cities in India. As a companion to the UNFCCC/Paris Agreement, the Plant Based Treaty is a landmark international treaty and the first of its kind to put food systems at the heart of combating the climate crisis.
Globally the treaty has many individuals, groups, and businesses who have already endorsed the treaty including Musician Moby, Indian Actress Sadaa Sayed, Bollywood Singer Anushka Manchanda, along with the UK’s Dale Vince of Ecotricity, LUSH cosmetics, and an IPCC expert reviewer Peter Carter from the Climate Emergency Institute, and Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), Anja Hazekamp, Tilly Metz, EVI Eleonora, and Sylwia Spurek.
Cities in India too launched the treaty like Mumbai, Delhi, Bhopal, Kanpur, Pune, Hyderabad, Indore, Lucknow, and Bengaluru.
In Mumbai, the treaty was launched at Andheri. This event was attended by International Vegan Tennis Player – Vishwajeet Sangle and World’s First Vegan Mount Climber – Kuntal Joisher. Several other vegan businesses endorsed the Plant Based Treaty like The Kokomama, VeganHeart, and Esperer Sports Management. A vegan lunch was organized for the same with dishes replacing non-vegan counterparts like mock meat-based dishes and other delicacies.
Delhi participated in this global launch too. A delegation of activists went to present a demand letter to the Environment Minister of Delhi, Mr. Gopal Rai. The office tabled the letter for further actions and this is just the beginning of actions oriented to lobby with the governments.
In Pune, one could witness the screening of a well-acclaimed Netflix documentary, Breaking Boundaries by Environmentalist David Attenborough. It was organized at a restaurant that was urged to go Plant-Based in its menu.
In places like Indore, Bhopal, Lucknow, and Kanpur street outreaches along with activists, and awareness rallies took place in hotspot markets and consorted locations where the public was called. As a part of the same launch, Bangalore has held a small gesture of love by giving away oat milk porridge to shelter animals.
With so many cities launching the Plant Based Treaty across India one can hope for more efforts in this collective action by all stakeholders. The Treaty aims to halt the widespread degradation of critical ecosystems caused by animal agriculture, to promote a shift to more healthy, sustainable plant-based diets, and to actively reverse the damage done to planetary functions, ecosystem services, and biodiversity.
The Treaty urges leaders to negotiate a global agreement around the following three principles: RELINQUISH – No land-use change, ecosystem degradation or deforestation for the purposes of animal agriculture; REDIRECT – An active transition away from animal-based agricultural systems to plant-based food systems; RESTORE – Restore key ecosystems and reforest the Earth
To date, more than 5000 individuals and many businesses and organizations have signed this treaty. Endorsements can be sent for the Plant Based Treaty at https://plantbasedtreaty.org.
As a helmet project of the Climate Save Movement, it is reaching many people and urges for a better world for all.
EAT PLANTS, PLANT TREES!
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