The musician tells world leaders to eat their greens in Glasgow.
To coincide with World Vegan Day and the start of COP26, the international recording artist and plant-based promoter has called for a global agreement. The goal? To shift the world to an animal-free food system that will combat catastrophic climate change. Due to launch at COP26 in Glasgow today, pro-vegan activists will be holding events inside and outside the climate summit venue. They want delegates to begin negotiations for a landmark Plant-Based Treaty. This will act as a companion to the Paris Climate Accords. It would be the first of its kind to put food systems at the heart of combating the climate crisis.
The Treaty has 3 main aims. Firstly, to halt the widespread degradation of ecosystems caused by animal agriculture. Then, to promote a shift to more healthy, sustainable plant-based diets. Finally, to reverse the damage done to ecosystems and biodiversity. Actions to achieve these targets include redirecting subsidies, taxes, and public information campaigns. Plus, reforestation and rewilding of land.
Global campaign coordinator Anita Krajnc said, “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. Moby is lending his celebrity status to raise the alarm bells on the looming climate catastrophe.”
In his COP26 statement, Moby was unequivocal about the results of not acting now. “We face a climate catastrophe and especially a methane emergency,” he said. “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.”
Guide to Greens
To show how easy it is to eat vegan food, the Plant-Based Treaty has also released a free Plant-Based Guide to Glasgow. The guide was created by Alex Bourke, who has produced vegan guides for major cities for over 27 years. More than 150,000 copies of the guide will be handed out to delegates and visitors throughout COP26. In this way, they can have easy access to vegan food. The Guide features more than 20 vegan cafes and restaurants in the city. Additionally, it highlights vegetarian eateries and shops with vegan options, all clearly colour-coded. A handy map shows where to find them. Some of the cafes and restaurants, including Suissi Vegan Kitchen and The Glasvegan, are offering COP26 delegates a discount.
“Animal agriculture is a major contributor to climate change, global warming, and environmental devastation,” says Bourke. “It’s a serious problem. The solution is plant-based food. We want to show COP26 delegates and visitors how easy it is to eat plant-based food. Our free guide shows you where to go and enjoy it.” Moby reiterated this sentiment. The singer, who was one of many celebrities who recently wrote to COP26 President Alok Sharma, continued, “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.”