Why a Plant-based Cities Movement?

Climate change attacks our food security, and presents formidable financial and nutritional challenges for our future. It also contaminates and depletes our fresh water,  so we’ll have less water for growing crops, and for people and animals to drink. 

Climate change will cost cities an estimated $5.3 billion per year in Canada.

C40 Cities Good Food Declaration

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Land Acknowledgement

As a group working with individual communities to create meaningful change for the Earth, we wish to acknowledge the original occupants of the land and their unique and sacred relationships with the places/lands in which the Plant Based Cities Movement is organizing. We recognize that colonization has been and continues to be devastating to Indigenous communities and the Earth, and that Indigenous individuals and communities are often on the front lines of the fight for eco-justice. The work of PBCM will reduce the strain of colonial food systems on the Earth’s resources and move us all toward living more gently on this planet. We acknowledge that the land, air, water, and animals are not ours to own. We must learn from and protect Mother Earth, for she is the only home that future generations can depend on.

The World Is Already Taking Action

Plant-Based Strategies

Cities such as Vancouver, Berkeley, Amsterdam, and Helsinki, and the County of San Diego are also currently implementing plant-based strategies.

Declarations of Climate Emergency

Cities across the world have declared a climate emergency and are working toward becoming carbon neutral.

New Canada Food Guide

Canada’s federal government implemented a new Canada Food Guide in 2019 which recommends eating more plant-based food for our health and for the planet.

Municipalities are at the forefront of the fight to prevent further climate breakdown, and many are working toward decreasing greenhouse gas emissions.

The time has come to transition to a sustainable plant-based food system.

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