Earth Day Crawley MP Henry Smith goes vegan for PETA Campaign

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To mark Earth Day today, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) teamed up with Labour MP and vegan Kerry McCarthy as well as a dozen other 

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“I’m meat-free because I know it’s the best way I can reduce my impact on the planet,” says Smith.

“This Earth Day, I’m trying vegan, and I hope everyone who cares about the environment will join me.”

Animal agriculture is the leading cause of ocean dead zones, species extinction, and habitat destruction – and, by some estimates, it creates more greenhouse-gas emissions than all the world’s transportation systems combined.

A study in the journal Nature found that greenhouse-gas emissions from animal agriculture would reduce by half if the world turned to a mainly plant-based diet.

Every person who goes vegan can lower their carbon footprint by up to 73 per cent and save nearly 200 animals per year.

“These lawmakers didn’t hesitate to step up and show people that we can spare animals’ lives, save water, and slash greenhouse-gas emissions simply by going vegan,” says PETA Senior Campaigns Manager Kate Werner.

“PETA encourages everyone to follow their lead and be a vegan force of nature against climate change on Earth Day and every day.”

The other participating MPs are Tracey Crouch, Dr Lisa Cameron, Luke Pollard, Sarah Champion, Helen Hayes, Tommy Sheppard, Emma Lewell-Buck, Caroline Lucas, Rachael Maskell, Caroline Dinenage, and Matthew Pennycook.

PETA is sending each of them a vegan snack basket – provided by The Vegan Kind online supermarket – a #VeganForEarthDay selfie sign, a vegan starter kit, and a PETA pin.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview.

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China's Xi Jinping will meet with Joe Biden for the first time at the summit amid soaring tensions


China's Xi Jinping will meet with Joe Biden for the first time at the summit amid soaring tensions

President Joe Biden is expected to unveil the ambitious target of halving US coal and petroleum emissions by 2030 as he moves to cement the nation’s credibility in tackling climate change on Earth Day 2021.

The world’s worst polluters will come together at the White House on Thursday in a virtual summit that marks a US return to the international climate sphere after a four-year hiatus under Donald Trump. 

Among the 40 foreign counterparts invited by Mr Biden to attend is China’s Xi Jinping, making the event their first meeting since the US president’s inauguration.

Tensions have soared between the US and China in recent months as they clash on issues from human rights to trade to defense – but any solution to cutting carbon emissions is reliant on their cooperation. 

China is by far the largest carbon producer and, with the US, emits around half of the pollution responsible for climate change.

The two countries issued a joint statement last weekend, pledging to tackle climate change “with the seriousness and urgency it demands”.

Thursday’s summit represents a major test for the Biden administration, for which tackling climate change has been a cornerstone policy. The president rejoined the Paris climate agreement on his first day in office after his predecessor, Donald Trump, pulled the US out of the accord.

Questions remain as to whether the new president can reverse four years of climate skepticism fuelled by Mr Trump, or convince world leaders of the US’ commitment. 

Mr Trump pulled out of the Paris accord formally in 2020, calling it unfair to the world’s largest economy, despite outcry from leaders who stressed the importance of global unity. 

Mr Biden is relying on the summit and his promise to roughly double US targets for slashing emissions over the next decade to mark a turning point. 

The US president also hopes to prompt other leaders “to make announcements to raise their ambition” during the summit as well, an administration official said.

According to reports, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will pledge to reduce carbon emissions by 40-45 per cent by 2030 from 2005 levels, hastening the 30 per cent commitment under the Paris Agreement.

Yoshihide Suga, the Japanese prime minister, said Japan aims to cut emissions 46 percent by 2030, ahead of the summit. 

“We aim to cut greenhouse gas (emissions) by 46 percent in fiscal 2030 from fiscal 2013,” Mr Suga told a meeting hours before the discussions began.

Britain on Tuesday announced the most ambitious target of any major economy, saying it will slash emissions by 78 per cent by 2035 from 1990 levels.

Following the announcement by Britain, the European Union in marathon talks approved a law that confirms the 27-nation bloc’s commitment to reduce carbon by at least 55 per cent by 2030 compared with 1990 levels.

Some European parliament members had pushed for greater ambition but European leaders, the historic champions of global climate efforts, hailed what they said was at last a legal framework to achieve targets.

“This climate deal is a game changer,” the chair of the European Parliament’s environmental commission, Pascal Canfin, told reporters.

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– April 22, 2021
Earth Day Crawley MP Henry Smith goes vegan for PETA Campaign