On 6th June 2024, the paralympic ski racer, entrepreneur, and vegan activist Heather Mills, founder of the UK plant-based mock-meats and vegan cheese company VBites, joined a protest organised by Plant Based Treaty at the Bonn Climate Conference in Germany. The impromptu protest happened inside the dining hall while delegates and UN officials queued for their lunch. Protesters chanted “If you care about the climate, eat vegan for your lunch” and “Food system change now, sign the Plant Based Treaty.”

Heather Mills was part of a delegation of climate campaigners who had attended the Bonn Conference to call for individual action, together with the implementation of plant-based climate initiatives and a shift to a plant-based food system. 

Mills said at the event, “António Guterres, the UN Secretary-General, gave a great speech yesterday, but why is he not talking about the real issue; production of meat, fish and dairy which like fossil fuels is a huge contributor of CO2, it’s bigger than the whole transport sector… Everyone can make a massive difference right now, just by choosing to eat vegan. It’s proven to be better for the planet, for the animals and it’s better for our health. Climate Conferences like Bonn and the upcoming COP29 can do better by serving only plant-based food. They should be showcasing the very best in sustainability.”

Lia Phillips, Plant Based Treaty UK city campaigner said, “We’ve had almost 30 years of COPs and we are waiting for a global agreement on the food system. Plant Based Treaty has presented a pathway that world leaders could attach to the Paris Agreement. The science says that even if we ended fossil fuels we are destined for a climate catastrophe if we don’t transform the food system. We need to do this now. A plant-based food system would be Paris aligned as well as address pressing issues like food insecurity, biodiversity loss, food-related disease, and the risk of pandemics.”

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Jordi Casamitjana
“Originally from Catalonia, but resident in the UK for several decades, Jordi is a vegan zoologist and author, who has been involved in different aspects of animal protection for many years. In addition to scientific research, he has worked mostly as an undercover investigator, animal welfare consultant, and animal protection campaigner. He has been an ethical vegan since 2002, and in 2020 he secured the legal protection of all ethical vegans in Great Britain from discrimination in a landmark employment tribunal case that was discussed all over the world. He is also the author of the book, ‘Ethical Vegan: a personal and political journey to change the world’.