On Earth Day 2021, the world turns to Climate Action to address the urgent need to Restore Our Earth™
Today, we are reminded that Climate Action requires a year-round effort. In this blog, we commemorate Earth Day 2021 by examining the Five Pillars to. We also offer an overview of Earth Day summits, and look at two ongoing environmental initiatives: Climate Action, Goal 13 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and Sustainability Victoria’s TAKE2 climate change pledge initiative.
The Five Pillars of Restore Our Earth™
1. – endeavours to improve the environment by planting trees across the globe. Since 2010, tens of millions of trees have been planted with The Canopy Project, working worldwide to strengthen communities and ecosystems.
EARTHDAY.ORG works with partners around the world to reforest areas that have sustained damage from human activity and environmental disasters. Communities most at risk from climate change and environmental degradation have also been assisted.
2. – a foodprint measures the environmental impacts associated with the growing, producing, transportation and storage of our food – from the natural resources consumed to the pollution produced and greenhouse gasses emitted.
While it is important to assess and find ways to reduce our foodprints, there are many factors that inform what and when we eat including access, affordability, health and culture. There is not one prescribed diet for everyone. This campaign hopes to highlight the different ways individuals and institutions can make a positive impact on their foodprint.
3. – Sign up, show up, clean up. According to Clean Up Australia, volunteers across the nation managed to remove more than 350,000 items from 1,274 surveyed locations in 2020, a mighty effort considering COVID restrictions, but litter continues to be a worldwide problem. The Great Global Cleanup™ hopes to raise awareness about this ever-increasing issue while encouraging groups and individuals to participate in cleanup projects:
4. – More than 50 years ago, the first Earth Day started an environmental revolution. Today, the importance of climate literacy is recognised as crucial to saving the planet. Along with civic education, climate and environmental literacy will create jobs, build a green consumer market and allow citizens to engage with their governments in a meaningful way to solve climate change.
Earth Day Live 2021, 22 April
Thedigital event will begin at 12pm Eastern Time (2am, 23 April, AEST; 12am, 23 April, AWST), and will include workshops, panel discussions, and special performances that will focus on the theme, such as:
Leaders Summit on Climate
US President Biden has invited 40 world leaders, including Australia’s PM, Scott Morrison to thewhich will be streamed live for public viewing on April 22 and 23. It is hoped the summit will galvanise efforts by the world’s leading economies to reduce emissions, find ways to finance a net-zero transition to help vulnerable countries cope with climate impacts and more.
Climate Action, Goal 13, SDGs
Climate Action is Goal 13 of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Collectively, it is hoped the SDGs will help create a more sustainable future, with Goal 13 focussed on taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
Goal 13 has the following five targets to be achieved by 2030:
1. Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related disasters
2. Integrate climate change measures into policy and planning
3. Build knowledge and capacity to meet climate change
4. Implement the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
5. Promote mechanisms to raise capacity for planning and management.
Goal 13 also has eight indicators or metrics to track whether the five targets are achieved.
The UN explains: Affordable, scalable solutions are now available to enable countries to leapfrog to cleaner, more resilient economies. The pace of change is quickening as more people are turning to renewable energy and a range of other measures that will reduce emissions and increase adaptation efforts.
Lastly, as countries move toward rebuilding their economies after COVID-19, the UN Secretary-General has proposed six climate-positive actions:
To address the climate emergency, post-pandemic recovery plans need to trigger long-term systemic shifts that will change the trajectory of CO2 levels in the atmosphere.
Sustainability Victoria’s TAKE2
TAKE2 is Victoria’s collective climate change program supporting individuals, government, business and other organisations to help the state achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
In 2018, CourtHeath took the TAKE2 pledge making a public commitment to tackle climate change as stated on our TAKE2 profile page. Featuring the work we have been doing to reduce our emissions, our page also includes our plans for the future and asks others to make the TAKE2 pledge and join us to help keep the temperature rise under two degrees.
Our pledge in part: “…to improve our environmental performance across all our business activities, and encourage our business partners and members of the wider community to do the same. We practice sustainable procurement, purchasing goods and services that are less damaging to the environment and human health.”
Visit TAKE2 for more information.
For information about Earth Day™ 2021 activities, please visit our Earth Day™ 2021 part one blog.
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Written by Wendy Cavenett
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