Earth Day has been marked on 22 April every year since it began in 1970. The international day of environmental action draws in an estimated one billion people – making it the largest secular observance in the world.
On Earth Day 2016, the Paris Agreement, which focuses on climate change, was signed by more than 120 countries. As the climate emergency deepens, each successive Earth Day takes on a greater urgency in the fight against the global crisis.
The theme of this year’s Earth Day is “Restore Our Earth”, and the Earth Day digital event will cover natural processes, emerging green technologies, climate restoration, environmental justice and more.
The Labour Group wish everyone a happy Earth Day, and encourage everyone to mark the occasion by redoubling efforts to reduce their carbon footprint and join the fight against the climate crisis.
Labour’s spokesperson for environment, transport and sustainability, Councillor Gary Wilkinson says:
“When life around the world returns to normal, our world cannot return to business-as-usual.
“Mass amounts of damage has already been done, but that does not mean we have to continue that legacy.
“We have the ability to make a difference in every industry, but that can only happen when we work together.
“A more sustainable world requires efforts in every aspect of our society and that starts with each and every one of us.”