Introduce and prioritise animal agriculture on the agenda at the World Climate Conference

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Climate change is the greatest challenge facing humanity and the planet.

From 6 - 17th November 2017, delegates from governments all over the world, as well as thousands of environmental protection experts and activists, will attend this year's World Climate Change Conference (COP 23) in Bonn, Germany, to continue the process initiated at the Paris Climate Accord.

The problem

Animal agriculture is one of the leading causes of climate change, deforestation, pollution, water consumption, habitat loss and species extinction, responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions (14.5%) than the global transport sector – the world’s cars, planes, trains, ships – combined.

Yet it remains rarely, if ever, discussed by policymakers around the world. Animal populations need to be reduced and a change in dietary habits must be made, so that we can contain climate change and sustainably protect our environment. The answer is on our plates: according to the latest research, if consumers in the U.S. made one simple dietary change - substituting beef with the high-protein alternative beans, the country could achieve between 46 and 74% of their greenhouse gas emissions targets by 2020.[1] This makes animal agriculture the low-hanging fruit of the Paris Climate Accord targets.

Our goal

Politicians must introduce and prioritise food, particularly animal agriculture, on the global climate protection agenda. Starting in November 2017 at COP 23, policymakers must look beyond energy and transport sectors for climate savings, and open debate about the impact of global livestock production on our planet. We therefore call on the government of Germany, as the host nation for COP 23 in Bonn, to introduce and address this issue at the climate protection negotiations.

Who are ProVeg?

ProVeg UK, as part of an international food awareness organisation, is your voice in helping to create a world where people choose healthy, delicious food, that benefits all animals, people and our planet.

ProVeg also works to improve the taste, ease and accessibility of plant-based living by working to influence government policy, public institutions, the food industry, and society as a whole. We appreciate every single step that individuals, organisations and institutions take to move towards a more plant-based lifestyle. To make all this a reality, a powerful movement is essential. That is why ProVeg is working to create a global community of committed supporters and advocates.

Be part of our movement and help us to put the topic of animal agriculture on the climate protection agenda. Thank you for caring!

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Climate Alliance Germany

The Climate Alliance Germany is a broad alliance of more than 100 civil society organisations, including BUND (Friends of the Earth – Germany), Oxfam and WWF. The Alliance is committed to creating a political framework that will drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Germany. As a member of the Climate Alliance Germany, ProVeg is committed to taking into account the considerable climate-impacting emissions from agricultural livestock farming and wants to sensitise other member organisations to the topic and communicate the topic effectively with them.

World Climate Change Conference (COP 23)

COP 23 is the World Climate Change Conference, which takes place this year in Bonn from 6 – 17th November. This is where the Parties to the Framework Convention on Climate Change will meet. The focus will be on how the detailed implementation of the climate change agreement (COP 21) agreed in Paris in 2015 can be implemented. This time, the Conference will be chaired by the Republic of Fiji, an island state that is severely threatened by climate change. Due to limited space, however, the conference will be hosted and organised by Germany.

Paris Climate Change Agreement (COP 21)

The COP 21 World Climate Change Conference adopted the Paris Convention in 2015, which provides for the limitation of man-made global warming to below 2°C compared with the pre-industrial age. In national implementation, this means that signatory states need to drastically reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in all sectors.

Animal Agriculture: The Climate Killer

The fundamental climate problem is that animal products consume considerably more resources than plant-based products due to inefficient conversion of protein and high inputs of water and energy during their production, thereby causing more emissions.

Meat production: An Unsustainable Juggernaut

The extent of the impact of agricultural livestock farming is far reaching and has a huge detrimental effect on our planet. One-third of the world's grain harvest lands up in feed troughs for animals, instead of on people’s plates.[2] The amount of meat production worldwide is over 300 million tonnes per year, and the trend is sharply increasing.[3] Even if demand remained constant, the volume of meat produced must increase to around 455 million tonnes by 2050[4] in order to meet the needs of a growing population, which is simply not possible in view of the finite resources on our planet. If governments are to take the commitments of the Paris Convention seriously, we need to adopt a radically different approach to food production.



[1] https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2017/08/if-everyone-ate-beans-instead-of-beef/535536/
[2] FAO (2017): Crop Prospects and Food Situation. No. 1. Rome (March 2017). Online: http://www.fao.org/3/a-i6903e.pdf [13.09.2017]
[3] FAO (2017): FAOStat Statistics Database. Online: http://www.fao.org/faostat/en/#data/QL [13.09.2017]
[4] FAO (2012): World agriculture towards 2030/2050 – The 2012 Revision. Online: http://www.fao.org/docrep/016/ap106e/ap106e.pdf [13.09.2017]



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