Protesters urge nations at COP28 event to sign global Plant Based Treaty

Protesters gathered at this year’s COP28 event in Dubai to urge global leaders to sign a Plant Based Treaty to address climate change through lessening energy emissions from the food production system, including confectionery, snacks and bakery operations, reports, Neill Barston.

Delegates to the annual high-level international conference were greeted by a demonstration from a coalition of organisations including COBASE, which focuses on how to design natural cities, and the Gherush92 Committee for Human Rights, joined in the proceedings.

As part of the protest outside the Blue Zone of COP28, Plant Based Treaty science ambassadors Steven George and Joy van Breda did outreach to promote its Safe and Just report, with demonstrators waiving placards reading “Sign the Plant Based Treaty” in several different languages, including Arabic, Spanish, Turkish, Japanese and Georgian.

“The emissions from the food system alone will put the 1.5 and 2C climate target out of reach – we need a safe and just transition of our food system to keep us safe within our planetary boundaries, which is also socially just that gives everyone a voice, and brings everyone to the table,” said Steven George, science ambassador for the Plant Based Treaty.

Enric Noguera from Plant Based Treaty Netherlands said: “We organised this protest to advocate for a just system that looks at solutions in a holistic way, including animals, nature, and people. We advocated for nations to negotiate a Plant Based Treaty that helps guide the much-needed, and urgent, transition of our food systems from destructive animal agriculture toward a truly fair, healthy, and sustainable food system.”

As the collaborative group noted, the Plant Based Treaty have official UN Observer Status and are official 2024 Earth Shot Prize nominees. 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.”

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