2023 Press Releases


Press Conference: The importance of food systems in tackling the climate crisis

Call for a transition to plant-based diets, launch a new petition and presentation of a new Plant Based Treaty position paper

Media Contacts:
Bonn: Nilgün Engin (campaigner, Plant Based Treaty) : [email protected], +90 532 437 51 33
Bonn: Tim Werner (science campaigner, Plant Based Treaty): +49 163 2011174
Global: James O’Toole (communications, Plant Based Treaty): [email protected], +44 7534 281335

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Time and location: 13 June 2023, 4:30 pm in room: Nairobi 4. See Bonn Climate Change Conference – June 2023 meetings schedule for 13 June 2023


Maximilian Weiss – Plant Based Treaty – Germany Campaigner and Scientific Adviser 
Tim Werner – Plant Based Treaty – Germany Campaigner
Esben Sloth – Director of Campaigns, World Animal Protection Denmark

Erika Xananine Calvillo Ramírez – ProVeg International Youth Board, YOUNGO


A Plant Based Treaty position paper entitled, 21 Cities call for a global Plant Based Treaty was delivered to every seat around the negotiating table, urging delegates to include a Plant Based Treaty in their plans.

Earlier this week on Friday, Saturday and Monday, 2000 free vegan hot dogs were distributed to climate talks delegates at the conference entrance. Plant Based Treaty organizer, Lea de Zwart, joked about the positive reception from climate talk delegates:
“Your hotdogs are blowing up our WhatsApp groups”
“Because of these hotdogs it was so much easier for us to talk about the protein shift because people just had a positive experience with vegan food” 
“Everyone is talking about two topics: the climate and your hotdogs”
“Thank you for lifting everyone’s spirit, your truck brings so much positivity to this conference” 
Plant Based Treaty Graphic Designer, Gerrah Selby, added more positive feedback from delegates who lined up for a free vegan hot dog:
“This is my first time trying vegan meat, I will definitely be trying more in future.”
“If all vegan food tastes as good as this, I’ll become vegan!”
“Climate conferences should definitely be vegan, it’s important we lead by example and show what can be done.”
Plant Based Treaty organizer, Tim Werner, said additionally a climate delegate from Namibia asked:
“Where can I get this? I want to sell this in my home country (Namibia), people will love it.”
Yesterday, Plant Based Treaty joined World Animal Protection, Brighter Green, Sinergia Animal, and the Global Forest Coalition for a side event: Counting the impact of industrial farming on our climate.

“The world needs to follow the lead of New York City which has implemented major plant-based solutions over recent years to combat the climate crisis. They continue to introduce innovative ways to shift food systems from a reliance on animal agriculture towards plant-based. It is a responsibility of the delegates attending the Bonn climate conference to be like NYC Mayor Eric Adams and acknowledge that food systems play a vital role in combating the climate crisis,” says Director of Communications, James O’Toole.


7 things NYC Mayor Eric Adams is doing to create a plant-based city


The Plant Based Treaty has 3Rs and 39 detailed proposals calling for a global transition to a plant-based food system and calls for negotiation of a global treaty as well as local implementation at the municipal level, schools, universities, hospitals, businesses and other local institutions.


The Plant Based Treaty is modeled on the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty and is inspired by treaties that have addressed the threats of ozone layer depletion and nuclear weapons. Since its launch in August 2021, the initiative has been endorsed by 21 cities including the Scottish Capital, Edinburgh, Los Angeles and Ahmedabad and received support from 100,000 individual endorsers, 5 Nobel laureates, IPCC scientists, Sir Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney, more than 3000 NGOs, community groups and businesses, including Oceanic Preservation Society and chapters of Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and Extinction Rebellion.