Putting animal agriculture onto the global climate agenda

This campaign aims to put the climate impact of food choices related to animal agriculture and meat production onto the global climate agenda and national climate protection strategies.


Demand for animal products has a devastating impact on the environment. Animal agriculture is one of the world’s largest contributors to climate change, responsible for 14.5% of greenhouse gas emissions – more than the entire transport sector. According to the latest research, the top five meat and dairy corporations have larger greenhouse gas emissions than the world’s largest oil producers. This means that shifts in the way we produce and consume our food have enormous potential to positively affect emissions, climate change, and food security. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the livestock sector is one of the most effective ways we can achieve our climate targets and keep global warming below 2⁰C. Yet, thus far, such measures have barely been discussed by world leaders and policy makers.




Please sign our petition to call upon the member states of the United Nations to prioritise reducing emissions from the global food system.

Climate Tracker Partnership

ProVeg and Climate Tracker, the climate journalist network, launched a collaboration to bring the impacts of our food choices to the media. Join the writing competition and win a partially-funded spot to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity in Egypt!


Climate Solutions Award

Vote for our campaign to win the ‘Best Climate Solutions 2018 Award’ for ‘Communicating Climate Change Threats and Opportunities’.


Putting animal agriculture onto the climate change agenda

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Meet the winner of the United Nations climate action award

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Forests and climate change

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How ditching meat can help prevent climate change and nature degradation

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Discussing food and climate at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco

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Climate report recognises importance of plant-based diets

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Emissions resulting from animal agriculture

Benefits of a reduced meat consumption

Global warming begins on our plates


After attending COP23 in Bonn, ProVeg is now an active member of the Food and Climate Alliance.

The Food and Climate Alliance is an international group comprised of members of civil society organisations who recognise that what we eat plays a significant role in climate change. Alliance members research, communicate, and advocate for a transition away from dietary patterns high in climate-intensive, animal-based foods, and toward more plant-centric diets. Although individual members and their organisations represent diverse approaches to realising sustainable, healthy food systems, all members recognise and support lowering the consumption of animal-based foods – particularly in those countries with high levels of meat consumption – and addressing drivers of overconsumption as crucial to mitigating climate change. The Alliance serves primarily as a platform for communication and collaboration among organisations to enhance civil society efforts to inform and influence policy on this issue at local, national, and global levels.

ProVeg is a member of the Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, the continent’s leading NGO coalition fighting dangerous climate change. With over 150 member organisations from 35 European countries, representing over 1,700 NGOs and more than 40 million citizens, CAN Europe promotes sustainable climate, energy, and development policies throughout Europe.

Source: CAN Europe

COP24 is the name for the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The UNFCCC is a ‘Rio Convention’, one of three conventions adopted at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. The UNFCCC entered into force on 21 March 1994 and now has near-universal membership. Countries that have ratified the Convention are referred to as Parties to the Convention. The ultimate aim of the UNFCCC is ‘preventing dangerous human interference with the climate system’.
The Conference of the Parties (COP) is the supreme body of the UNFCCC. It consists of representatives of the Parties to the Convention, and holds annual sessions. COP makes decisions which are necessary to ensure the effective implementation of the Convention’s provisions.


Read our article on why a plant-based diet is better for our planet


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