Actor Paul Wesley, from The Vampire Diaries fame, hoping to inspire fans to become vegan in an effort to combat the climate crisis. Wesley recently ratified the Plant Based Treaty (PBT) in an effort to spread awareness about the impact of animal agriculture on the environment.
Wesley said in a statement that Reshared on Twitter. “We need to shift to plant-based diets to protect our rivers, oceans, air and soil. It is time to mobilize and organize in our societies to pressure our elected officials to negotiate a global plant-based treaty and avoid planetary collapse.”
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Building on a growing body of research that the animal farming industry is environmentally damaging in many ways, PBT was created to pressure governments to implement policies that transform the global food industry into a more sustainable vegan framework.
What is a plant-based treaty?
Inspired by the climate-oriented treatises of the past, including the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty, PBT is based on three principles: abandonment (to stop allocating resources to the expansion of animal agriculture); reorientation (for an efficient transition from animal farming to plant-based agriculture); and restoration (a push to restore ecosystems destroyed by animal farming).
PBT was founded by Anita Krajnc, a longtime animal rights activist and co-founder of Toronto Pig Save and executive director of the global animal rescue movement. In addition to the treaty, the PBT campaign features various initiatives to help attract more supporters.
Most recently in August, PBT held a “Seed the City” event in over 100 cities around the world, including Toronto, Tel Aviv, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Lima, Los Angeles, Mumbai and Naples. There, activists distributed thousands of packages of vegetable and herb seeds outside city halls to encourage residents to grow and grow their own food.
“Through our global Seed the City campaign, we will be distributing thousands of packages of kale, parsley and other seeds to the community to grow in their own gardens or window sills,” Krajnc said in a statement. The Plant Based Treaty campaign works with cities to enhance food security and access to healthy plant foods, in order to advance the importance of mitigating the climate crisis by growing organic vegetables in community gardens and city orchards.
“We can all be part of the solution and fight climate change by changing the diet by growing our own food,” Krajnc said.
Last month, Haywards Heath in West Essex, England became the first city in Europe to ratify the Penal Code Treaty, and is currently using the principles of the treaty to shape local initiatives.
We are facing a climate catastrophe, especially a methane emergency. “We can all make a difference,” music artist Moby said in a statement. “Fight climate change simply by changing the diet. So please join me and endorse and support the plant-based treaty.”
The Botanical Activity of Paul Wesley
While Wesley is best known for his work on Vampire Diaries The actor is also the first vegetarian to play Captain Kirk in the Star Trek universe and appears in a new series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.
Outside of his acting career, Wesley has been an outspoken vegetarian activist for over a decade and often uses social media to send his compassionate messages to audiences. In addition to his recent endorsement of PBT, in 2020, Wesley took to Twitter to encourage his 4.1 million followers to learn about the horrors of factory farming and its links to zoonoses.
The 40-year-old actor also took to Twitter to encourage Vice President Kamala Harris to provide vegan recipes for a recent Thanksgiving try.
“Social media of activists is pivotal, because it opens people’s eyes to many atrocities that they were previously unaware of,” Wesley previously told VegNews. “We are exposing the true conditions of the factory farm and the madness in our industrial diet. It breaks my heart. We need to continue to encourage change and educate people.”
Far from inviting him on social media, Wesley makes sure that everything he does is compassionate, including his Brothers Bond Bourbon alcohol company, where everything from the distillation process to accessories (he makes sure the leather doesn’t make the cut) is vegan. He is also an investor in Wild Earth, a vegan dog food company that improves the animal companion food industry.
“I am very proud to be a vegetarian,” Wesley said. “It’s the best decision I’ve ever made. For my health, for the world, for decency and compassion.”
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