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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.

Dr. Alison Green

Cognitive Psychologist and expert on human learning

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Dr Alison Green is a cognitive psychologist and expert on human learning and thinking. She is a former Dean at the Open University and past Pro Vice-Chancellor at Arden University. In 2018, she resigned from her post and traded academia for activism, determined to apply psychology to the understanding of resistance to change and human denial.

Alison is currently Executive Director of the Scientists Warning Foundation and has advocated for Extinction Rebellion since its inception. She co-edited the popular Extinction Rebellion book ‘This is not a Drill’. She gave a joint presentation on climate change with the late Stuart Scott to the Foresight Group at the European Commission in 2018, which has since received over 100K views on Scott’s YouTube channel. She gathered further support for climate activism from the international community and spearheaded a call to action from over 1,000 UK academics.

Alison was active in the school climate strikes, writing a press letter supported by numerous academics. She co-authored a widely cited scientific paper supporting school climate strikes, published in the international journal, Science. She was a keynote speaker at London’s Climate Action event (2019), and is an expert witness to the UK Climate Commission for Higher and Further Education.

Alison spoke at COP 26, as a panelist at the Coalition People’s Summit, along with Scientists for XR and Scientists for Global Responsibility. She is a member of the rewilding campaign group, Wildcard and is the Academic Lead for Faculty for a Future.

I support the Plant Based Treaty because switching to a plant-based diet is one of the most effective things we can do to improve both our own health and that of the planet.

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.

Barika Göncü

Associate Professor

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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.

Jonathan Balcombe

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.

Danny Harvey

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.

Nilang Gor

Senior Scientist

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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.

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.

Ray Monk

Philosophy and Biographer of Ludwig Wittgenstein, Bertrand Russell and Robert Oppenheimer

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Ray is a British biographer who is renowned for his biographies of Ludwig Wittgenstein, Bertrand Russell, and J. Robert Oppenheimer. He is emeritus professor of philosophy at the University of Southampton, where he taught in various capacities from 1992 to 2018.

Every day it becomes more important that we move towards a plant-based diet. Our current meat and dairy heavy diet is simply not susptainable, and in attempting to satisfy it we are causing enormous ecological damage and making it practically impossible to meet our climate targets. If the Plant Based Treaty were implemented, the world would be a much better place. We owe it to future generations to do everything we can to make that happen.

Mark Benecke

Forensic Biologist

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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.

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Jennifer Black, PhD, Microbiology & Immunology; MSc, Pathobiology

Dr. Thomas Brückmann, biologist & communication designer

Pamela Fergusson, RD, PhD

Becca Franks, PhD, Research Scientist, Department of Environmental Studies, New York University

Joanna Hańderek, Associate Professor, Institute of Philosophy – Jagiellonian University

Ryszard Kulik, PhD, Club of Ecological Thought

Dr. hab. Barbara Niedźwiedzka, member of the Catholic Church, retired researcher of the Institute of Public Health, Jagiellonian University

Dorota Probucka, PhD., Professor at the Pedagogical University of Krakow, Head of the Department of Applied Ethics, Theory of Mediation and Negotiation at the Pedagogical University of Krakow, Vice-President of the Polish Ethical Society, Editor-in-chief of the scientific journal Ethics Education

Dr Hugh Martin, PhD, principal lecturer in Agricultural Science at the Royal Agricultural University

Marco Maurizi, Philosopher, PhD, writer, author of “Beyond Nature. Animal Liberation, Marxism, and Critical Theory.” Co-founder of the scientific journals “Liberazioni” and “Animal Studies. Italian Journal of Antispecism.

William Ripple, PhD. Distinguished Professor of Ecology, Oregon State University

Hakan Şentürk, Bezmi Alem University, Gastroenterology Department

Piotr Skubała, PhD, University of Silesia, Institute of Biology, Biotechnology and Environmental Protection

Professor Julia Steinberger, University of Lausanne, Switzerland, IPCC lead author AR6 WG3

Marcin Urbaniak, Associate Professor, Pedagogical University of Cracow

Gerard Wedderburn-Bisshop, B. Surv (Hons1), former Principal Scientist, Qld Natural Resources

Jean Ziegler, Swiss former professor of sociology at the University of Geneva and the Sorbonne, Paris, and former vice-president of the Advisory Committee to the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Dr. Alexandra Isfahani-Hammond

Chloe Taylor, Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Alberta

Laurie Adkin, Professor [Political Science and Environmental Studies] University of Alberta

José Moisés Martín Carretero, Professor of Economics. Faculty of Science and Technology, University Camilo José Cela

Barton Rubenstein, PhD, Mother Earth Project cofounder

Jonathan M. White, PhD, Assoc. Professor of Sociology, Bentley University

John Packer, Associate Professor (Law), University of Ottawa

Dr. J. David Spence, Professor of Neurology and Clinical Pharmacology, Western University

Carla Steffen, Veterinarian

Dr. Kristiina Visakorpi

Bastiaan Rutjens, PhD

Dr Holly Sitters, Ecologist, The University of Melbourne

Jane Hindley, Senior Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Essex

Kathrin Herrmann, Johns Hopkins University Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing

Patrick Alberti, M.A.

Dr Corey Lee Wrenn

Dr. Anna Perreira

André Bittar, Research Associate, King’s College London

Jans Henke, MSc

Dr. Fatih Uenal, Center for Affective Sciences, University of Geneva

Jeroen Melief, PhD

Hon Prof Colin D Butler, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University

Jill Belch, Professor of Medicine and Lead, Tayside Air Pollution Research Project

Dr. Heather Davis

Dr. Yuri Engelhardt

Dr. Sara Gabrielsson, Senior Lecturer, Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies

Cameron Roberts, PhD

Paul Berger, Associate Professor (Education), Lakehead University

Pere Pons, Associate Professor, University of Girona

Dr Charlie Gardner

Dr A J Perrin

Professor James Renwick

Charles Ross DO

Brenda Dobia, PhD. Psychologist, Social Ecologist, Adjunct Fellow Western Sydney University

Annika Linde, DVM, PhD, MPH. Western University of Health Sciences, California

David Crookall, PhD, Inter- Ocean-Climate School (IOCS), Ocean Open University

David Howden, PhD

Cameron Brick, PhD, University of Amsterdam

Anoop Shah

Marc Bekoff, PhD.

Nicholas Carter, ecologist, researcher and co-founder of PlantBasedData.org

Professor Alexandra Cook FLS

Dr. Charles Greene

Dr. Mark Terry

Carl Thomas

Mark Diesendorf, Faculty of Arts Design & Architecture, UNSW Sydney

Prof. Imre Szeman

Gerard Wedderburn-Bisshop, B. Surv (Hons1), former Principal Scientist, Qld Natural Resources

Celia Deane-Drummond, MA (Cantab), PhD (Plant Science), PhD (Theology

Dominik Linn, PhD Candidate in Industrial Mathematics (Fraunhofer ITWM and TUK)

Carolin Schellhorn, PhD.

Dr. Tushar Mehta

Dr. Amanda Boetzkes, Professor, Contemporary Art History and Theory, University of Guelph

Diana Molina, LCG. (Genomic Sciences)

Cassandra Meisel Clarke, MSc. Biochemistry, MSc. Epidemiology

Didem Varol, RD

Lena Hannah Dogra, PhD Candidate in Physics, University of Cambridge

“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.”

Danny Harvey

IPCC Lead Author on the 4th and 5th Assessment Reports, Working Group III.

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