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Plant Based Treaty

Strath Union was the first Students' Union in the world to endorse the Plant Based Treaty

Modeled on the popular Fossil Fuel Treaty, the Plant Based Treaty initiative aims to halt the widespread degradation of critical ecosystems caused by animal agriculture and to promote a shift to healthier, sustainable plant-based diets. Addressing fossil fuels alone isn’t enough – we need action on food systems too! 

The Plant Based Treaty recognizes that no one single country can tackle the ecological impact of animal agriculture by itself. A global solution to a global emergency is essential to avert a climate catastrophe. Scientists, individuals, groups, businesses and cities are urged to endorse this call to action by putting pressure on national governments to negotiate an international treaty. 

With a legally binding commitment to the three R's: Relinquish, Redirect and Restore, nations can meet and exceed their emission reduction targets as well as absorbing the excess carbon from the atmosphere through rewilding and reforestation, bringing us down to safe levels.

During the COP26 event at the start of November, the Plant Based Treaty came along to the Strath Union to raise awareness of their cause to students and other event attendees. This article by Carmen Landinger details the importance of the Plant Based Treaty in comparison to other treatys made across the world, as well as various interviews, including one with the Strathclyde Vegan Society President, who initiated the partnership on behalf of the Union.


The Treaty

Relinquish:  Stop the problem increasing
No land use change, including deforestation, for animal agriculture

Redirect:  Eliminate the driving forces behind the problem
Promotion of plant-based foods and actively transition away from animal-based food systems to plant-based systems

Restore:  Actively healing the problem while building resilience and mitigating climate change
Restore key ecosystems and reforest the earth

We must act now and act fast. You can be a part of the growing  do-it-together movement forging change and helping build a brighter future for generations to come. Endorsing it yourself takes less than two minutes and would be of critical help!

Join this movement! Endorse the Plant Based Treaty here 


Why you should Endorse!

“Glasgow has declared a climate emergency, and going more plant based is necessary to become net zero by 2030.  We’re trying to get politicians, governments, and cities to endorse the Plant Based Treaty which encourages more plant-based change to help with the climate emergency. Endorsing it yourself takes less than two minutes and would be of critical help, especially in the weeks leading up to COP26. Thank you”  Kat Chan, President, Strathclyde Vegan Society

There is a climate, ocean and biodiversity crisis. Fossil fuels and animal agriculture are the driving force behind runaway global warming as well as extensive biodiversity loss, large-scale deforestation, species extinction, water depletion, soil degradation and ocean dead zones

Addressing fossil fuels alone isn’t enough – we need action on food systems too; that’s where the Plant Based Treaty comes in. The three main greenhouse gases – carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide are at devastatingly high levels and rapidly accelerating, increasing global overheating at an alarming rate. We can change our food systems from a key contributor to a climate change champion – reversing the damage and generating food security. We have the solutions in our grasp – we just need to implement them.

Join this movement! Endorse the Plant Based Treaty here

The celebrities behind the movement

Billie Eilish, Moby, and Joaquin Phoenix Demand COP26 Stop Ignoring Animal Agriculture's Role in Climate Crisis

A group of 18 celebrity plant-based advocates, including Joaquin Phoenix, Moby, Billie Eilish (pictured above), Alan Cumming, Evanna Lynch, and Alicia Silverstone, sent an urgent demand letter to Rt. Hon. Alok Sharma, the president of the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) which will be held in Glasgow, United Kingdom in November.

The letter demanded Sharma include the role of animal agriculture in all discussions about the climate crisis. While animal agriculture has been widely ignored as a topic of discussion at previous climate talks. The celebrity-backed demand letter points out that the destructive industry contributes 14.5 to 16.5 percent of all anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions globally—making it the second largest GHG emitter in the world, on par with all transportation sectors combined.

We are on the verge of climate catastrophe, and as climate activist Greta Thunberg famously said, ‘our house is on fire.’”

Join this movement! Endorse the Plant Based Treaty here

Want to find out more about veganism at Strath Union and how you can get involved? Check out our Vegan Awareness page here

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