Darebin council passed a motion becoming the first Australian council to endorse the Plant Based Treaty. The motion was approved with overwhelming support, receiving eight votes in favour and only one against. Darebin joins a global movement of 30 towns and cities, including Los Angeles, Amsterdam, and Edinburgh, in endorsing the Plant Based Treaty. The proposed treaty advocates for a shift towards a plant-based food system that is aligned with the Paris Agreement.

Darebin Mayor Susanne Newton, who learned about Plant Based Treaty when a local resident sent an email asking her to endorse it, expressed enthusiasm about the Council’s decision: 

“I encourage other Australian councils and our region to consider the Plant Based Treaty. As one of the regions of the world that could suffer some of the worst climate impacts, we should and can be doing all we can to change our habits for the better.

We are one council leading the way at this point, but my hope is that this is a bit like our climate emergency declaration: once one council does it, more and more can consider it until it becomes a social movement that eventually simply becomes our new normal.”

Sheena Chhabra, Plant Based Treaty Australia campaigner, welcomed the endorsement: 

“Darebin is setting a powerful example in promoting plant-based food and recognizing the urgency of adopting a global Plant Based Treaty to agree on a safe and just food system. Now is the perfect time for individuals to sign the Plant Based Treaty and encourage their councils to endorse it ahead of COP29.”

Read more: https://plantbasedtreaty.org/darebin-endorses-plant-based-treaty/ 




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