Following the United Nations climate report, environmental concerns are in the international spotlight as time seems to be running out. With the consequences of climate change becoming increasingly apparent, international policies including the Paris Agreement – the internationally recognized climate change effort involving around 200 countries to reduce emissions – have become more essential to the campaign against deteriorating rapid climate crisis. Recently, another initiative entitled the Plant-Based Treaty was launched to steer the Paris Agreement towards the food sector, aiming to reduce human impact on the environment by restructuring global food systems.
“As an accompaniment to the UNFCCC / Paris Agreement, the Plant-Based Treaty Initiative is a grassroots campaign designed to put food systems at the forefront of combating the climate crisis. “Stop the widespread degradation of critical ecosystems caused by animal farming and promote a transition to healthier and more sustainable plant-based diets,” the campaign website said. and cities to adopt this call to action and put pressure on national governments to negotiate an international Plant-based Treaty. “
The plant-based treaty proposes changing international food systems so that countries across the globe can quickly reduce excess carbon emissions that harm the planet. The organization targets animal husbandry, citing the industry as responsible for a devastating level of carbon and methane emissions. The proposal highlights the damage that animal agriculture has suffered, such as land degradation, water and air pollution, biodiversity loss, deforestation, the dead ocean area and more central greenhouse gas emissions.
The campaign details its concerns through three key requirements: waiver, redirection, and reinstatement. The extension of the Paris Agreement provides an explanation of how changing the food production sector can revitalize the environment and change the current climate crisis.
Release, redirect, reset
This principle focuses on eliminating the problem before anything else is done. The organization believes that in order to make progress, the food production sector must stop all use of land for animal farming. The proposal essentially calls for animal farming to be dismantled to allow another form of food production to take its place.
The Redirection Request promotes the creation of a plant-based food system. This is the active step of redesigning the food supply chain to increase its sustainability nationwide. By creating a plant-based food system, the campaign believes that carbon emissions will fall rapidly and the negative environmental impacts from animal farming can be reduced. This principle aims to put food security, hunger and poverty at the top, explaining that plant-based food is not only more sustainable, but also a more accessible method of providing people with nutritious food.
The final requirement from the organization is to fund and support active recovery initiatives to reverse the damage started by animal farming. This pillar aims to nurture a damaged environment, focusing on deforested lands, polluted oceans and countless degraded ecosystems. The plan also extends to a community level, claiming that governments should work to provide food in areas affected by food deserts, low incomes and other injustices.
Responding urgently to the climate crisis
The Plant-Based Treaty will act as a direct response to the UN IPCC report which stressed the importance of reducing carbon emissions and helping to reforest lands. The UN predicted that global temperatures would reach 1.5 degrees Celsius a decade ago, and currently, there is not enough progress to prevent that danger.
“This report makes it clear that rapid, strong and sustained reductions in greenhouse gases are now needed. We cannot wait two, five or ten years. It must be done now,” said the Director of Communications in the Treaty Based Plant, Nicola Harris in response to the 2021UN IPCC report. “We need to transform into a plant-based food system as a matter of urgency if we want to reduce methane to safe levels and slow global warming.”
The plant-based treatment will start on August 31 in front of the city halls of more than 50 cities around the world. For more information on the day of departure, see here. The organization’s executives will gather to promote the three demands, and hopefully, inspire governments to rethink food systems to cure a rapidly deteriorating environment.
“While carbon dioxide is the predominant gas, stronger methane reductions are critical. The Plant-Based Treaty (along with the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty) provides a logical path to the solutions needed now, ”said Anita Krajnc, Coordinator of the Plant-Based Treaty campaign.
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