FACT CHECK: Have 14 U.S. Cities Signed A WEF Treaty That Bans Meat, Dairy And Private Car Ownership By 2030?
A post shared on Facebook claims 14 U.S. cities have purportedly signed a World Economic Forum (WEF) treaty that legally compels them to ban meat, dairy and private car ownership by 2030.
The claim stems from an Aug. 20 article published by “The People’s Voice,” a website that is known for spreading “fake news.” A WEF spokesperson denied the claim’s validity in an email to Check Your Fact.
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The Facebook post claims 14 U.S. cities have purportedly signed a WEF treaty that legally compels them to ban meat, dairy and private car ownership by 2030.
The claim stems from an Aug. 20 article published by “The People’s Voice,” a website that has previously been known as “NewsPunch” and “YourNewsWire.” The site is described as “one of the most well-known purveyors of fake news online,” according to a 2019 article from Mashable.
The article lists Austin, Boston, Seattle, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Miami among the 14 U.S. cities that have purportedly signed the WEF treaty. The article also indicates the 14 U.S. cities have supposedly formed the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40), a coalition that operates to meet the WEF’s “radical depopulation goals.”
Likewise, a C40 report cited in the article outlines the future of urban consumption.
A spokesperson for the C40 Cities initiative told Lead Stories the claim was false and denied having a “formal relationship” with the WEF.
“The report was neither funded by the World Economic Forum, nor does C40 have a formal relationship with WEF. The report does not advocate for restrictions on consumption, including restrictions on the consumption of meat and dairy,” the spokesperson said.
“These are false claims made to discredit the important work the World Economic Forum does on urgent global issues,” WEF spokesperson Alem Tedeneke said in an email to Check Your Fact.
This is not the first time a false claim has originated from the website. Check You Fact recently debunked a claim from the site claiming the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres claimed “Christians who don’t accept minor-attracted persons (MAPs) will be excluded from society.”