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Protesters call out, “Put meat on the agenda, not on the menu!” at COP28
Hoshimi Sakai: +81 90-9185-0819
Enric Noguera: +34 608 77 90 05
December 6, 2023, UAE — Dubai, 6 December 2023, climate campaigners gathered at the entrance of the COP 28 Blue Zone to call for the negotiation of a global Plant Based Treaty as a companion to the Paris Agreement and to address breaches to five planetary boundaries.
Hoshimi Sakai said, “This is the first COP where food systems have been addressed. It has to be a fair and just plant-based food system that not only takes care of our own health but the planet’s health. This is urgent, everyone must sign the Plant Based Treaty and COP29 must be 100% vegan.”
Plant Based Treaty activists could be heard chanting: “Stop breaking planetary boundaries! Stop ignoring the cow in the room! Put meat on the agenda, not on the menu! and Break the silence!” Activists held up signs that read, “Sign the Plant Based Treaty.”
On Sunday, 10 December 2023 at 14.30 GST, COP28, Conference room 2, Zone B6 – Building 77, Plant Based Treaty will hold a press conference to launch their Safe and Just Report which offers a framework to address food’s impact on climate and other planetary boundaries and includes bold policy responses for a plant-based transition.
The Plant Based Treaty have official UN Observer Status and are nominated for the 2024 Earth Shot Prize. The initiative is inspired by treaties that have addressed the threats of ozone layer depletion and nuclear weapons and has been endorsed by 22 cities, including Edinburgh, Los Angeles and Didim, Turkey and has attracted support from 120,000 individual endorsers, 5 Nobel laureates, IPCC scientists, and more than 3000 groups and businesses, including the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change, and chapters of Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth.
The Plant Based Treaty has secured high-profile endorsements from celebrities, including Chris Packham and Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney, who issued a written statement calling for politicians to support the Plant Based Treaty. They said: “We believe in justice for animals, the environment and people. That’s why we support the Plant Based Treaty and urge individuals and governments to sign it.”