Interfaith leaders urge UN COP26 to adopt plant-based treaty

More than 100 interfaith leaders and dozens of faith-based organizations issued a strong message urging COP26 Climate Summit delegates to adopt the ‘Plant-Based Treaty’, a call to encourage the adoption of vegan and plant-based diets in everyone, as a complement to Paris. Agreement.

Among the interfaith leaders were the former Chief Rabbi of Ireland, Rabbi David Rosen and the Reverend Shad Groverland, Executive Director of the worldwide organization “Unity Worldwide Ministries”.

The opening letter urges delegates to the Glasgow climate change conference to endorse veganism as an important approach to averting climate catastrophe. According to the letter, a global shift toward plant-based diets would reduce greenhouse gas emissions, lower CO2 levels in the atmosphere, and ultimately shape a “habitable world for future generations.”

“The well-being of the planet, humanity and all life is inextricably connected to the way we treat each other. The Plant Based Treaty is a vital step in changing our current path of destruction and damage to one of healing, integrity and creating a sustainable world that works for all, ”said Rev. Groverland.

Ireland’s Chief Rabbi David Rosen, from 1979 to 1985, added that it was a spiritual mission to maintain and restore the planet’s environment: “The religious imperative to preserve and protect Divine Creation calls for a major shift towards plant-based diets that reduce methane gas emissions, facilitate reforestation and reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide to much safer levels. “

RABBIN DAVID ROSEN in a papal audience with Pope Francis. (credit: courtesy)

“Congratulations to the Plant Based Treaty organization for highlighting this ‘cow in the room,'” said Rosen.

Amid the COP26 Climate Conference in Glasgow, which was attended by more than 120 heads of state and delegates from 200 countries, the urgency to address the adverse effects resulting from climate change has been at the forefront. Ironically, however, almost 60% of the menu for those attending COP26 it was meat and dairy based.

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