Moby Calls for Global Agreement to Shift to a Plant-Based Food System

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International recording artist, Moby, has called for a global agreement about a shift to a plant-based food system this year at COP26, United Nations 26th annual climate change Conference of the Parties in Glasgow, taking place now through November 12.

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“We face a climate catastrophe and especially a methane emergency,” Moby said. “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,” he said. “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. So please join me and endorse and support the Plant Based Treaty.”

Moby guitar JGD Ford Theatres - Photo by Donna Balancia
Moby guitar JGD Ford Theatres – Photo by Donna Balancia

“Moby is lending his celebrity status to raise the alarm bells on the looming climate catastrophe,” said Anita Krajnc, Plant Based Treaty’s global campaign coordinator. “In the IPCC’s first Scientific Assessment report, the pre-industrial levels of methane were reported at 800 parts per billion, by 1990 they increased to 1720, and are currently at 1900, more than doubling. We are facing 1.5 degrees warming sooner because of the methane emergency.”

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.

The Treaty urges leaders to negotiate a global agreement around the following three principles:

  • Relinquish: No land use change, ecosystem degradation or deforestation for the purposes of animal agriculture
  • Redirect: An active transition away from animal-based agricultural systems to plant-based food systems
  • Restore: Restore key ecosystems and reforest the Earth
Individuals, organizations, businesses, and cities can endorse the Treaty by emailing their support to endorse@plantbasedtreaty.org or visiting PlantBasedTreaty.org.  The Plant Based Treaty initiative is a grassroots campaign designed to put food systems at the forefront of combating the climate crisis. Modelled on the popular Fossil Fuel Treaty, the Plant Based Treaty aims to halt the widespread degradation of critical ecosystems caused by animal agriculture and to promote a shift to healthier, sustainable, plant-based diets. We are urging scientists, individuals, groups, businesses, and cities to endorse this call to action and put pressure on national governments to negotiate an international Plant Based Treaty. For more information visit https://plantbasedtreaty.org/  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/plantbasedtreaty  Twitter: https://twitter.com/Plant_Treaty  TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@plantbasedtreaty  Facebook: www.facebook.com/PlantBasedTreaty