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Earth Day UK statement at the OSCE Permanent Council


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Thu, 22 Apr 2021 02:00:00 +0100

Ambassador Neil Bush speaks about Earth Day and the US-hosted Leaders Summit on Climate at the OSCE Permanent Council

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Ambassador Neil Bush speaks about Earth Day and the US-hosted Leaders Summit on Climate at the OSCE Permanent Council.

Mister Chair,

The UK thanks the US delegation for placing Earth Day on the Permanent Council’s agenda. This international day marking environmental action draws in an estimated one billion people worldwide.

We welcome the United States’ hosting of the Leaders Summit on Climate today and tomorrow. As our Prime Minister has said, climate change is a threat to our collective security and the security of our nations. There is a need for us, collectively and individually, to step up and increase our ambition.

There is an urgent need for stronger climate action on mitigation, finance and adaptation. These will be central themes as we look ahead to COP26 this November in Glasgow.

In 2019, the UK passed a law committing us to achieving net zero carbon-emissions by 2050. This week we announced we would reduce emissions by 78% by 2035 compared to 1990 levels. The sixth Carbon Budget, once enshrined in law, will commit us to the fastest fall in greenhouse gas emissions of any major economy. It will also help keep the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees alive.

The OSCE can play a role. It is well-placed to act on the security implications of climate change because of its experience in crisis management, conflict prevention and confidence building; and can provide a platform for political dialogue. Climate change is as much a geopolitical issue as it is an environmental one.

It is a matter of when, not if, our respective countries and populations will have to deal with the security impacts of climate change. So let us show what is needed to protect the peace, the security and the stability of our nations, of the OSCE region, and of our world.

We, all of us, need to act now to protect our planet for future generations.

Thank you.

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Earth Day

Thu, 22 Apr 2021 02:00:00 +0100

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.

For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.

– April 22, 2021
Earth Day UK statement at the OSCE Permanent Council