"The leafy southern British town of Haywards Heath is far from short of green
credentials, with its pretty floral gardens, tranquil wooded trails and
tree-lined Conservation Area of Muster Green.
But the town of some 40,000 people recently took its plant-based merits to a
new level: it became the first place in Europe to become a signatory of a novel
food-focused climate pledge known as the Plant Based Treaty.
“The South East of England has endured the highest ever summer temperatures in
history and people’s properties have been destroyed by fire and flood,” said
Richard Nicholson, the local councilor announcing the move. “We can’t wait for
governments. We must all act immediately. And moving to a plant-based diet is
the most impactful thing any individual can do to help address the grave
situation we face.”
The Plant Based Treaty is, according to its founders, a grassroots campaign
designed “to put food systems at the forefront of combating the climate
crisis.” It forms part of a branch of climate action that has been largely
overlooked by government policy, but one now gaining political backing: cutting
down on meat eating. In other words, meat, a massive contributor to the climate
emergency, is next on the chopping block."
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