Moby Urges World Leaders At COP26 To Negotiate A Plant Based Treaty

In a new video, recording artist and vegan activist Moby called for a global agreement to shift to a plant-based food system at COP26 Glasgow. The informative video was released to coincide with the official launch of the Plant Based Treaty at this year’s UN Climate Change Conference.

The Plant Based Treaty seeks to halt the expansion of animal agriculture and deforestation, incentivize a shift to a plant-based food system by redirecting subsidies, taxes, and public information campaigns, along with reforestation and rewilding of land.

In response to the methane emergency, Plant Based Treaty activists will be holding events inside and outside COP26, urging delegates to begin negotiations for a Plant Based Treaty as a companion to the Paris Climate Accords.

“It’s time like never before to stand up for animals, the environment, and health. We face animal, climate, forest, and ocean emergencies and things are deteriorating fast. The Plant-Based Treaty offers a key component missing in the Paris Climate Accords,” Anita Krajnc, Founder of the Animal Save Movement and the Global Campaign Coordinator for the Plant Based Treaty, told WAN. “That is the need to switch to a plant based food system. The Plant Based Treaty is creating bottom up pressure on COP26 governments to sign the treaty.”

As noted by Krajnc, in IPCC’s first Scientific Assessment report, the pre-industrial levels of methane gas were reported at 800 parts per billion. By 1990, they increased to 1720 parts, and are currently at 1900 parts, more than doubling.

“We are facing 1.5 degrees warming sooner because of the methane emergency,” continued Krajnc.

The following is Moby’s COP26 statement calling for a Plant Based Treaty:

We face a climate catastrophe and especially a methane emergency.

We need to strike a global agreement about a shift to a plant based food system this year at COP26.

We are on track to hit 1.5C warming around 2030 and 2C warming around 2040. This would lead to catastrophic climate impacts such as increased heat waves, more intense hurricanes, wildfires, droughts, food shortages, violent weather patterns, sea level rise, climate refugees, coral bleachings, and the ongoing mass extinctions of thousands, tens of thousands and millions of species.

We need to address all three greenhouse gases: carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide. Our biggest chance of limiting temperature rises in the next 25 years is cutting methane.

The Paris Agreement is completely silent on animal agriculture but a third of methane emissions come from animal agriculture.

We can all make a difference. Fight climate change simply with diet change.

Moby concluded his statement by requesting that everyone join him in endorsing and supporting the Plant Based Treaty.

Ways to become a supporter of the Plant Based Treaty are available, HERE!

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