HAYWARDS Heath has become the first European city to sign an agreement aimed at using plant-based methods to tackle the climate crisis.
The Mid-Sussex city has endorsed the plant-based contract, which includes measures such as promoting vegan food.
Sir Paul McCartney and Joaquin Phoenix are among a group of celebrities who have also backed the deal, with the city of Buenos Aires in Argentina also promoting the measures.
dr Richard Nicholson, Councilor for the Green Party of Haywards Heath, said: “The South East of England has experienced its highest summer temperatures on record and people’s property has been destroyed by fire and flooding.
“We cannot wait for governments – we all need to act now – and switching to a plant-based diet is the most impactful thing any individual can do to help address the grave situation we are facing.”
The agreement, originally established as a supplement to the international Paris Agreement, aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and halt the destruction of critical ecosystems.
The treaty is based on three main principles: stopping degradation such as deforestation, redirecting people to plant-based food sources, and actively restoring critical ecosystems.
Nicola Harris, communications director for the Phytosanitary Agreement, said: “Record-breaking temperatures of over 40°C this summer are a grim reminder that reducing emissions from fossil fuels and livestock cannot come soon enough.
“We need local, national and international collaboration to reduce foodborne emissions through a plant-based diet promoted by action to reduce food waste.
“Haywards Heath’s decision to call for urgent global action on plant-based solutions to the climate crisis demonstrates true leadership. It will be welcomed by those experiencing the devastating effects of climate change.”
The tidbit states that animal husbandry is linked to a third of man-made methane, a greenhouse gas.
By endorsing measures such as promoting plant-based diets and reducing food waste, the Council hopes this will help tackle the global climate crisis.
Although the city council signed the contract, they would like to emphasize that they are not instructing residents to follow their suggestions, but rather educating people about its existence.
For more information on the contract, visit www.plantbasedtreaty.org
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20659646.haywards-heath-becomes-first-uk-town-back-climate-treaty/?ref=rss Haywards Heath is the first UK city to support the climate deal