Robbie Lockie

Robbie Lockie

CoFounder of Plant Based News

Robbie Lockie is a passionate environmental activist, digital campaigner, entrepreneur, and multimedia creative who has dedicated their life to promoting ethical, sustainable, and compassionate living. As the co-founder and creative director of Plant Based News (PBN), Robbie has been instrumental in creating a global platform that raises awareness about the benefits of plant-based diets, animal rights, and environmental sustainability. Notably, Robbie is also the founder of World Plant Milk Day, an annual celebration promoting the benefits of plant-based milk alternatives.

Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Robbie has always been drawn to nature and the environment. After a transformative experience watching the documentary “Earthlings” in 2012, they made the decision to adopt a vegan lifestyle, inspired by a deep sense of empathy for animals and a commitment to protect the planet. This pivotal moment in their life led to Robbie meeting Klaus Mitchell, which led them to found Plant Based News in 2017.

Since then, Plant Based News has grown exponentially, providing informative and inspiring content for a diverse audience interested in plant-based living, environmental sustainability, and animal welfare. Under Robbie and Klaus’ leadership, PBN has evolved into a multimedia platform that includes a website, social media channels, a YouTube channel, and even a podcast. The platform has garnered millions of views and subscribers, becoming an influential voice in the plant-based movement.

As an entrepreneur, Robbie has consistently demonstrated their ability to think creatively and strategically, using digital media to drive social change. Their innovative approach to content creation has earned PBN accolades, including the Viva! Award for Best Online Resource in 2019 and The Shining Compassion Award from SMTV.

In addition to their work at PBN, Robbie is an accomplished speaker and advocate, frequently sharing their insights on plant-based living, the impact of animal agriculture on the environment, and the ethical implications of human-animal relationships. Their engaging and relatable speaking style has made them a sought-after guest at conferences, seminars, and media events worldwide.

When they’re not busy leading the Plant Based News team or advocating for animal rights and environmental causes, Robbie enjoys exploring their creative side as a multimedia artist. Their work often features bold and evocative imagery, reflecting their commitment to raising awareness about the urgent need for compassionate and sustainable living.

Robbie Lockie’s unwavering dedication to the plant-based movement and their drive to create a more just and sustainable world make them a powerful and inspiring figure in the fight for environmental and animal welfare. Through their work with Plant Based News and as the founder of World Plant Milk Day, they continue to make a lasting impact on the lives of countless individuals, empowering them to make more conscious choices for the betterment of the planet and all its inhabitants.

Saturday
11:00am

The 3 Rs: Why we need a Plant Based Treaty

The Plant Based Treaty initiative is a grassroots campaign designed to put food systems at the forefront of combating the climate crisis. Modeled on the popular Fossil Fuel Treaty, the Plant Based Treaty aims to halt the widespread degradation of critical ecosystems caused by animal agriculture, to promote a shift to healthier, sustainable plant-based diets, and to reforest and rewild the Earth to restore carbon sinks to absorb carbon from the atmosphere.

The treaty has “3Rs”: 1) Relinquish: Stop the problem increasing through no land use change, including deforestation, for animal agriculture; 2) Redirect: Shift policies to transition to a plant-based food system; and 3) Restore: Reforest the Earth and heal key ecosystems.

Scientists, individuals, groups, businesses and cities are being urged to endorse this call to action in order to pressure national governments to negotiate an international Plant Based Treaty. A second goal is to work with institutions, such as councils, universities, schools, hospitals, care homes, prisons, restaurants, corporations and trains, to implement actionable targets for the Plant Based Treaty that will impact the climate crisis. These include increasing

accessibility to plant-based foods, transforming menus to plant-based, introducing plant-based defaults, restoring and rewilding land, and expanding allotment schemes.

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Saturday
12:00pm

R2: The role of cities in the plant-based transition

Join us for an insightful panel discussion on the importance of making sustainable food a priority in council strategies, as highlighted by the Edinburgh City Council’s groundbreaking impact assessment report on the Plant Based Treaty.

Learn how cities and urban consumers contribute to escalating greenhouse emissions beyond their own borders, with nearly 80% of the world’s food consumed in urban areas and food systems accounting for one-third of greenhouse gas emissions.

Without focusing on consumption-based emissions, city councils will continue to widely underestimate the environmental and climate impacts of food consumption in their cities and overestimate the importance of local foods. Food consumption needs to be prioritized as highly as buildings, transportation and waste. 

Explore the underestimation of environmental and climate impacts of food consumption in cities and the need to prioritize plant-based food consumption alongside buildings, transportation, and waste management. Many cities and towns have jurisdiction over community education, food served in schools, hospitals, prisons and care facilities, as well as street festivals, and city-catered events, meetings and functions. 

Hear success stories from the 21 cities that have endorsed the Plant Based Treaty, including Hayward’s Heath, Edinburgh, Norwich and Los Angeles. Be inspired by Edinburgh’s comprehensive 18-page impact assessment and learn how your city can take meaningful steps towards a more sustainable and plant-based future.

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Saturday
1:00pm

R2: Should we introduce a meat tax?

Join us for a thought-provoking panel discussion on whether we need meat taxes to address the climate biodiversity loss and ocean crisis. Explore how the current food system, heavily reliant on animal-based products, exacerbates these global challenges and whether implementing meat taxes is a necessary step towards a greener future.

Hear from experts about the environmental impact of meat production and consumption, including its role in greenhouse gas emissions, habitat destruction, and resource depletion. Learn about the successful implementation of similar taxes in various countries and the potential outcomes.

Watch the discussion on the ethical, economic, and social implications of meat taxes and discover whether these policies can evoke a more sustainable, healthy, and just food system.

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Saturday
2:00pm

R3: Restore Panel

Join us for an enlightening discussion on the role of transitioning to a plant-based food system in environmental restoration, reforestation and ecosystem recovery. Learn from experts and campaigners about the need for a holistic approach to healing our planet, building resilience, and mitigating climate change through nature-based solutions.

Discover the importance of restoring key ecosystems, such as mangroves, peat bogs, forests, grasslands, and seagrass beds, and the role of reforestation projects in carbon sequestration and habitat restoration. Dive into the potential of Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs) and the conversion of existing Marine Protected Areas to no-fishing zones to address the ocean crisis.

Explore how subsidies and incentives can support farmers and landowners in good land stewardship, rewilding, reforestation, and transitioning from animal agriculture to diversified plant-based food production. Discuss the role of cities in increasing green spaces, wildlife corridors, and local growing schemes to enhance biodiversity and food justice.

Examine strategies for repurposing land, freed up from animal grazing and feed production, for rewilding, nature reserves and community gardens. Delve into the potential of shifting land ownership into community hands for reforestation, green space, and community food projects.

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Saturday
3:00pm

Role of media on reporting on animal agriculture

Join us for a compelling panel discussion on the role of media in reporting on animal agriculture and its impact on planetary boundaries, public health, and animal protection. Explore how the media can shape public perception, influence policies, and drive a plant-based food-system change.

Hear from journalists, experts, and campaigners as they discuss the challenges and opportunities in reporting on the multifaceted issues surrounding animal agriculture, such as the climate emergency, antibiotic resistance, pandemics, food security, and ethical considerations. Delve into the importance of accurate, balanced, and comprehensive journalism in raising awareness and fostering informed discussions about a transition to a plant-based food system.

Examine the role of different media channels, including print, digital, and social media, in amplifying the message and promoting alternative, sustainable food systems. Learn how to discern reliable information from misinformation, and engage in a dialogue on the responsibility of journalists, influencers, and consumers in shaping the future of animal agriculture.

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Saturday
4:00pm

How do we win a Plant Based Treaty: A Discussion on Community Campaigning and Individual Action

Join us for an inspiring panel discussion on how you can contribute to the campaign for a Plant Based Treaty and promote greener, healthier plant-based living in your community. Learn from passionate activists and organizers about the tools, training, and support network provided by the Plant Based Treaty to empower individuals and groups in implementing plant-based solutions at the local level.

In this session, we will explore the demands of the Plant Based Treaty and dive into the available materials and resources to support your campaigning efforts. Learn how to take action including, lobby elected officials and promote plant-based menus, and establish rewilding initiatives, orchards, and community kitchen gardens.

Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals, learn valuable strategies for effective campaigning, and contribute to the momentum building for a global Plant Based Treaty.

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