As a companion to the UNFCCC/Paris Agreement, the Plant Based Treaty is a landmark international treaty and first of its kind to put food systems at the heart of combating the climate crisis. 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 damage done to planetary functions, ecosystem services and biodiversity.
The Plant Based Treaty has three core principles:
No land use change, ecosystem degradation or deforestation for animal agriculture
An active transition away from animal-based food systems to plant-based systems
Actively restore key ecosystems, particularly restoring forests and rewilding landscapes
Why we need a Plant Based Treaty
There is a climate, ocean and biodiversity crisis. Fossil fuels and animal agriculture are the driving force behind runaway global warming as well as extensive biodiversity loss, large-scale deforestation, species extinction, water depletion, soil degradation and ocean dead zones.
Addressing fossil fuels alone isn’t enough – we need action on food systems too; that’s where the Plant Based Treaty comes in. The three main greenhouse gases – carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide are at devastatingly high levels and rapidly accelerating, increasing global overheating at an alarming rate. We can change our food systems from a key contributor to a climate change champion – reversing the damage and generating food security. We have the solutions in our grasp – we just need to implement them.
How to help reverse the climate crisis [2:17]
Who is the Plant Based Treaty for?
The Plant Based Treaty is for everyone, by everyone. The Treaty aims to address and mitigate the core causes of climate change, building a fairer, healthier, greener world – for all. Anybody can sign up to the treaty; as an individual, organization, business or as a city, state or province. It’s free, quick and easy.
What is a piece of paper? [1:49]