The Green Group also requested an action plan and timescale for implementing possible changes to Council activities following the endorsement of the treaty.
The amendment passed with 12 votes to five, with support from the Greens, Labour and Scottish National Party.
‘Green councillors very much welcome the decision by Edinburgh council to endorse the Plant Based Treaty as we proposed. Edinburgh council’s leader will now be writing to the First Minister of Scotland to encourage the Scottish Government to also express support for a Plant Based Treaty to be negotiated at a global level.’
Councillor, Scottish Green Party
A plant-based movement
Climate campaigners are calling on other towns and cities to follow Edinburgh’s lead and help create a national council-led movement calling for a shift towards healthier, more sustainable plant-based diets.
More than 240 councillors from almost 60 towns and cities in the UK have individually signed the Plant Based Treaty, from parties including Conservatives, Green Party, Labour and Liberal Democrats.
20 MPs from the UK Parliament signed Early Day Motion 434, including the Scottish National Party’s Dr Lisa Cameron, Chris Stephens and David Linden.
The motion welcomes the Plant Based Treaty and calls for the UK to be a ‘world leader in recognising the negative impact of industrial animal agriculture on climate change and commit to developing a global strategy to transition towards more sustainable plant-based food systems.’
‘Everyone can join the movement by asking their local councillors to support the Plant Based Treaty and put forward a motion for their town, city or county to endorse. By developing plant-based food strategies to address consumption-based greenhouse gas emissions we can make great inroads in delivering the emissions cuts needed this decade to avoid catastrophic climate breakdown.’
Communications director at Plant Based Treaty
Support for the Plant Based Treaty
The Plant Based Treaty is modelled on the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty, which Edinburgh endorsed in March 2022, and inspired by treaties that have addressed the threats of ozone layer depletion and nuclear weapons.
Since its launch in August 2021, the initiative has received support from 70,000 individual endorsers, five Nobel laureates, IPCC scientists, more than 1000 NGOs and community groups and 1000 businesses, including Ecotricity, Linda McCartney Foods, Oceanic Preservation Society, Environmental Alliance Project, VIVA!, BOSH!, Animal Rebellion and chapters of Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and Extinction Rebellion.
The Plant Based Treaty has secured high-profile endorsements from celebrities, including Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney, who issued a written statement calling for politicians to support the Plant-Based Treaty.
They said: ‘We believe in justice for animals, the environment and people. That’s why we support the Plant Based Treaty and urge individuals and governments to sign it.’