The Climate Emergency is the biggest threat facing our countryside and planet. We need to drastically reduce our carbon footprint and green house gas emissions. But there’s good news: the countryside can provide many of the solutions. Right now, nature is the missing link in responses to the climate emergency.
Nature should be playing a starring role in tackling the climate emergency alongside the rapid carbon emissions cuts in our transport, energy, homes and food. While new technology is rightly being rolled out across the country to slash emissions, the government should also be getting back to basics and harnessing the potential of the countryside to soak up carbon emissions and prevent runaway climate change.
Hedgerows, peatlands, trees, grasslands and many other parts of our countryside store vast amounts of carbon. It’s no wonder Peatlands are seen as the UK’s rainforest when, in their natural state, they safely lock away over three billion tonnes of carbon. MPs will be debating a long-awaited ban on the burning of moorlands hours after the launch of the Prime Minister’s ten-point plan. It’s never been clearer that more needs to be done to grab the low hanging fruit that are nature-based solutions and end our contribution to the climate emergency.
The Prime Minister is absolutely right that action to tackle climate change should boost economic growth and benefit communities right across the country. It is encouraging to see the renewed focus on energy efficiency for existing homes. It is now more important than ever that new schemes aimed to reduce our emissions also improve people’s lives by tackling fuel poverty, poor air quality, improve public transport and access to nature and green space. It’s time for government to step up and deliver real action to tackle the climate emergency.
Our local authorities have all declared Climate Emergencies. Here’s what they’re doing locally to tackle this issue:
Bath and North East Somerset https://www.bathnes.gov.uk/sites/default/files/siteimages/climate_and_nature_emergency_action_plan.pdf
South Gloucestershire https://www.southglos.gov.uk/environment/climate-change/climate-change-strategy/