Dr. Peter Carter
IPCC Expert Reviewer
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Dr. Peter Carter is an expert IPCC reviewer, with highly-regarded publications on global climate change science, climate change impacts, Arctic climate change, risk assessment and biodiversity. Dr. Carter is a retired medically trained doctor and director of the Climate Emergency Institute, with a background in environmental health protection policy.
The most effective, definitely effective, immediately effective, readily doable action that everybody in the world can do, is go vegan. In theory, we can all do that. If we do that, emissions drop immediately.
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Nilang Gor is a Senior Scientist in the field of genetic disorders and holds M.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology. Nilang also founded Cultivate Empathy for All, an organization which promotes empathy as a tool to address global challenges. As a systems thinker, he believes that we live in a highly interconnected ecosystem, where our well-being is interdependent on fellow humans, non-human animals, and the environment. Nilang thinks our ignorance of this interdependence has created unsustainable animal agriculture systems which are now impacting our environment, public health, as well as social and racial equity. He mobilizes community members to educate their city lawmakers on the negative impacts of animal-based food systems on various aspects of our society and environment, and promote local, sustainable policies and programs.
I endorse the Plant Based Treaty because it is rooted in the scientific approach of “One Health” – the health of people is interconnected with the health of animals and our shared environment.
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Communication Consultant & Faculty Member at the Faculty of Communication (Istanbul Bilgi University).
The climate crisis calls for change from individuals, institutions and decision makers. The activities of the global animal agriculture industry are among the main causes of the climate crisis. While consumers are reviewing their eating habits, producers should also turn to alternative business models and switch to plant based nutrition before it is too late.
Ethologist and Author
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Jonathan Balcombe is an ethologist and author. He is formerly Director of Animal Sentience with the Humane Society Institute for Science and Policy, and Department Chair for Animal Studies with Humane Society University, in Washington, DC.
As a major contributor to climate change, pandemics, biodiversity loss, and animal suffering, animal agriculture has no place in forward-thinking policy and action. We must invest in the empowerment of communities to thrive on eco-friendly plant-based agriculture.
IPCC Lead Author, Professor
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Danny Harvey is Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Toronto. He studied Geography at the University of British Columbia (B.Sc.) and University of Toronto (M.Sc. & Ph.D.), obtaining his Ph.D. in 1986.
Dr. Harvey pursues research in the areas of computer climate modelling as well as options to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases associated with energy use. His modeling work is focused on understanding past climatic changes and projection of future climatic change due to emissions of greenhouse gases, with a particular emphasis on coupled climate-carbon cycle models and the impacts of different future global energy scenarios.
He has published three dozen articles, served as lead author on IPCC Technical Report No.2 (An Introduction to Simple Climate Models Used in the IPCC Second Assessment Report), and has published two books.
From 1989 to 1995, Dr. Harvey served as co-chair of the City of Toronto’s Special Advisory Committee on the Environment which was instrumental in setting up the City of Toronto’s greenhouse gas emission reduction programme – the first city in the world to adopt a programme to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the local level.
I endorse the Plant Based Treaty because it addresses the single largest sources of GHG emissions in a two-pronged manner that parallels exactly what needs to be done with regard to fossil fuel emissions: freezing further development, and unwinding existing intensive industrial systems that produce cheap meat and dairy at the expense of enormous animal suffering.
Dr. Peter Kalmus
Climate Scientist and Activist
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Peter Kalmus is an American scientist and writer based in Altadena, California. He is a data scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as an associate project scientist at UCLA’s Joint Institute for Regional Earth System Science & Engineering.
Earth breakdown requires urgent action, and the animal agriculture and fossil fuel industries are the two biggest causes. Rapidly reducing animal agriculture and shifting humanity to a plant-based diet is one of the best, easiest, and fastest things we can do to save the planet. It will also buffer food security in a time of increasing crop failures due to global heating. The world needs a Plant Based Treaty.
Dr. Kurt Schmidinger, Ph.D
Geophysicist and Founder of Future Food
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Dr. Kurt Schmidinger is food scientist and geophysicist, founder of futurefood.org, member of the advisory boards of Good Food Institute, Albert Schweitzer Stiftung and other NGOs, affiliate at FEWD at the University of Vienna – and activist.
We have one option that is essential to reach the 1.5°C climate target – to go mainly plant based: It would reduce our livestock emissions and heavily reduce our area demand, which gives regrowing natural vegetation the chance to uptake much of our carbon emissions from the past. Besides this relief for the climate, it would as well help us in fighting future pandemics or cruelty against animals, and in saving functional antibiotics, water, soils, biodiversity and world nutrition.
William B. Orcutt
Capt. USAF Ret. BSEE University of Missouri, MSEE Air Force Institute of Technology
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William B. Orcutt Capt. USAF Ret. BSEE University of Missouri, MSEE Air Force Institute of Technology
The public needs to know that we cannot address climate change without moving away from fossil fuels. Equally, we cannot reach our climate targets without tackling global food production. The Plant Based Treaty influences people to take independent climate crisis action by changing their diet.
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Mark Benecke earned a Ph.D. in the study of entomology, concentrating on the biological strains of certain genera of insects. His interests transcend the boundaries of that scientific endeavor, however. Since 1997 Benecke has traveled the globe lecturing and studying the uses of forensic science to solve murders, and the use of biomedical advances to slow the aging process. Benecke’s two books, translated from the German, examine these topics in a style that is accessible to a general readership.
“I endorse the Plant Based Treaty because it addresses the single largest sources of GHG emissions in a two-pronged manner that parallels exactly what needs to be done with regard to fossil fuel emissions: freezing further development, and unwinding existing intensive industrial systems that produce cheap meat and dairy at the expense of enormous animal suffering.”