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On Thursday, 29th February at 3pm in the Cellar Bar of Kennaway House, CAPS will be looking at what we can do to reduce our carbon footprint through diet and the use of agricultural land.

We all have to eat and, here in East Devon, we live in an area dominated by farming and the hospitality industries – so these are key issues to get to grips with.

In particular, the event will be looking at the Plant-Based Treaty and how it could help to reduce carbon emissions.

As the Plant-Based Treaty website says: “Fossil fuels and animal agriculture are the driving force behind runaway global warming as well as extensive biodiversity loss, large-scale deforestation, species extinction, water depletion, soil degradation and ocean dead zones. Addressing fossil fuels alone isn’t enough – we need action on food systems too; that’s where the Plant Based Treaty comes in.”

To help explain what the Plant-Based Treaty is about and what we can do locally, CAPS has brought together a panel of locally-based experts.

Amongst those speaking will be Tracey and Simon West (pictured).

The Wests are long-time environmentalists, having co-founded Word Forest, an international reforestation and education charity based in East Devon.

They have also lived a vegan lifestyle for the past eight years – and so are very interested in what the Plant-Based Treaty can do to help us shift towards plant-based diets to combat climate change, deforestation and food security issues.

As Tracey says: “The UK needs to address food production methods as a matter of urgency. Our planet has done its best to give us healthy soil and clean waterways. It’s time for we humans to take up the slack and repair the damage we’ve done to ensure food security into the future.”

The speakers will aim to present science, facts and evidence that underpin the Plant-Based Treaty, so that people can then feel confident that they can make informed food and diet choices that will help them reduce their carbon footprint. 

Simon makes the point: “Science proves that one of the best ways to reduce your environmental impact is to adopt a plant based diet. Signing the Plant Based Treaty shows your commitment to doing your best to protect the future.”

As CAPS lead Dave Bramley says, “CAPS hopes the event will allow for informed discussion on the key issues.”

Following an introduction to the Plant-Based Treaty from the speakers, the debate will be thrown open to the audience to further explore what a move to a more plant-based diet could mean.

The event is open to all, there will be plant-based nibbles at hand and entry is free – but donations will be welcome and teas/coffees will be available from the trolley.

As Dave says, “CAPS very much looks forward to engaging the wider community in this debate.”

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