EARTH DAY 22nd April 2021
This #EarthDay, while the coronavirus (COVID-19) has been spreading around the world and dominating news headlines, thoughts and attention, the need to take climate action has remained as urgent as ever.
The theme of Earth Day 2021 is “Restore Our Earth”.
Climate change is occurring at an alarming rate with many broad-reaching impacts on human health, the economy, and the stability of the natural environment. Increased emissions of greenhouse gases that trap heat and block it from escaping the atmosphere drive significant global disruption to climate systems as we know them. Low-income, indigenous, and communities of color are already bearing the brunt of climate change and are disproportionately on the front lines of environmental disasters.
A healthy planet is not an option — it is a necessity.
Under the Montreal Protocol:
- To date we have phased out nearly 100% of nearly 100 harmful ozone depleting substances.
- We have averted more than 135 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions going into the atmosphere from 1990-2010. This is expected to save over US$2 trillion by 2060 due to health and economic benefits.
- The Kigali Amendment under the Protocol is expected to avoid up to 0.4°C of global warming by the end of this century. It is vital component in the fight against climate change that continues to protect the ozone layer.
- The Kigali Amendment will also see nations reduce global-warming HFCs by more than 80% over the next 30 years.
More than 1.1 billion people face significant risks from lack of access to refrigeration and air conditioning, but we can provide the cooling people need while protecting the planet by adopting more sustainable solutions that are available right now.
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