The last day of the month August i.e 31-8-2021 marked the launch of the Plant Based
Treaty in 90 cities across the world including India. The plant based treaty, a
companion to the UNFCCC/Paris Agreement, is a landmark international treaty and the
first of its kind to put food systems at the heart of combating the climate crisis.
The Plant Based Treaty (PBT) has already been endorsed by individuals, groups, and
business internationally including names such as Musician Moby, Indian Actress Sadaa
Sayed, Bollywood singer Ankuska Manchanda along with Dale Vince of Ecotricity,
LUSH Cosmetics, and an IPCC expert reviewer Peter Carter from the Climate
Emergency Institute. Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), Anja Hazekamp,
Tilly Metz, EVI Eleonora, and Sylwia Spurek have also endorsed the PBT treaty.
Numerous cities in India like Mumbai, Delhi, Bhopal, Kanpur, Hyderabad, Pune,
Indore, Lucknow, and Bengaluru, also participated in the launch of Plant Based Treaty.
Mumbai: The launching event, held at Andheri, was graced by the presence of
International Vegan Tennis Player – Vishwajeet Sangle and World’s First Vegan Mountain Climber – Kuntal Joisher.
A number of Vegan businesses namely ‘TheKokomama’ and ‘VeganHeart’ also endorsed the Treaty. One of the striking features of the event was a complete Plant-Based Lunch with dishes replacing non-vegan counterparts like meat-based recipes and other delicacies.
Delhi: A delegation of Activists participated in the launch through actions oriented to
lobbying with the Delhi Government. They presented a demand letter to the
Environmental Minister of Delhi, Mr. Gopal Rai. The office tabled the letter for further
Pune: A well-acclaimed Netflix documentary, ‘Breaking Boundaries’ by
Environmentalist David Attenborough was screened at a restaurant. The documentary
left an impact on the viewers and the organizers encouraged the restaurant to go plant-based.
In some cities of India like Bhopal, Lucknow, Hyderabad,Indore and Kanpur, the activists
conducted street outreaches and awareness rallies at public places and hotspot markets.
Bangalore had participated in the launch by giving away oat milk porridge to shelter
animals as a gesture of love.
With several cities launching the Plant Based Treaty across India, one can hope for more
efforts in this collective action by all stakeholders. The Treaty aims to halt the
widespread degradation of critical ecosystems caused by animal agriculture, to promote a shift to more healthy, sustainable plant-based diets, and to actively reverse the damage done to planetary functions, ecosystem services, and biodiversity.
The Treaty urges the leaders to negotiate a global agreement around the following three
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.
To date, more than 5000 individuals, businesses, and organizations have signed this
treaty. Endorsements can be sent for the Plant Based Treaty at