Today is Earth Day – a day dedicated to the protection of the environment and introduced in 1970.
On Earth Day 2016, the landmark Paris Agreement was signed by the United States, China, and some 120 other countries. This signing satisfied a key requirement for the entry into force of the historic draft climate protection treaty adopted by the consensus of the 195 nations present at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.
The Biden Administration in the United States has organised a Leaders Summit on Climate for today, Earth Day 2021. Green Party leader and Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD, spoke in the Dail yesterday when introducing Ireland’s new Climate Bill, saying that he will be taking part in the Leaders Summit. Minister Ryan said:
“With announcements expected from the US and other countries around the world who are stepping up their climate ambitions, I will be able to say with certainty on behalf of Ireland when I attend tomorrows Leaders’ Summit on Climate that we too share that ambition, and that with this bill we commit to reaching net zero emissions by 2050 at the latest, and to halving our emissions by 2030″.
The government have opened a consultation on the Bill until May 18th and full details are available at https://climateconversations.citizenspace.com