Today is World Earth Day. Leaders of the world gather on this day to protect the Earth. Leaders from 160 countries will officially sign the Paris Climate Agreement on Earth Day 2016. The deal was thrashed out in Paris last December in order to stem global warming.
Minister Susil Premajayantha has joined the gathering representing the Sri Lankan President. World Earth Day is commemorated based on a proposal made by UNESCO in the year 1969. Its official commemoration commenced from April 22nd in 1970. Since then World Earth Day is commemorated annually. Today is the 46th Commemoration of World Earth Day. Countries which are encountering environmental pollution gravely are displaying a keen interest in commemorating Earth Day.
160 countries are due to officially ink agreements related to the Paris Climate Change Conference.
The signing makes this year’s Earth Day one of the most important in years, and the organizers will be attempting to build on the momentum created by last year’s Paris Climate Summit.
Parallel to 2016 Earth Day, arrangements have been made to plant 7.8 billion saplings throughout the world, divest from fossil fuels and make cities 100 per cent renewable. Along with Climate Change, the rapid increased in the world temperature has become a major issue to the world. The world population has to face calamities such as severe droughts, floods, the sudden fall of snow, eruption of volcanoes, strong earthquakes, landslides and cyclones. The world leaders at this World Earth Day will draw their firm attention as to what should be done to overcome these environmental changes.