Climate Emergency

Climate Emergency

Mark Hamblin/2020VISION

Why are we facing a climate emergency? 

We continue to lose our most precious remnants of wild natural space and vast numbers of our insects and birds. Our existing laws are too weak and the climate and ecological crisis we face is not being taken seriously enough. We need ambitious natural climate solutions that capture carbon in our peatlands, meadows and forests. 

What are we calling for? 

  • We must come together to restore our habitats on a landscape scale, and bring our seas back to life if wildlife is to thrive again. The damage must stop and the tables must be turned. 
  • It’s time to accelerate action on the climate crisis including through restoring our natural world, not least our peatlands.
  • It is not acceptable to be building massive motorways for carbon-hungry cars, destructive High Speed lines or bigger airports across ancient woods and other vital wildlife habitats. 
  • It’s time for new laws that will truly give nature and people a safe and healthy future.

What are The Wildlife Trusts doing to tackle this climate emergency? 

Across the UK Wildlife Trusts are working to protect and restore habitats. We tackle this climate and ecological emergency every day and lead work on solutions wherever we can, but we all need to work together for a healthy natural world. 

Our #WilderFuture campaign calls for a Nature Recovery Network in law. This would stop the damage and expand and re-connect isolated habitats. Rather than just protecting small areas of land, this would enable wildlife to recover and thrive. We need world-leading legislation for nature's recovery.

How can I help? 

You can call on your MP to support a Nature Recovery Network! The Wildlife Trust in your area will also have a host of positive, practical ways you can contribute to our planet's future at this critical time. 

What is The Wildlife Trusts' position on the climate strikes?

The Wildlife Trusts fully support people across the UK who feel compelled to demonstrate their concern. We face heartbreak daily as we see the wildlife we love lost time and time again.  As a movement, The Wildlife Trusts stand united with all those who share our belief that nature is valuable in its own right as well as being essential to our existence.

The profile of the crisis we face must be raised.

The Wildlife Trusts work for a Wilder Future every day and can offer powerful natural solutions to the climate and ecological crisis. We will continue to call for an ecological network for nature's recovery in law (a Nature Recovery Network in England and Wales) through our Wilder Future campaign. This network will stop the damage and start to re-build a world in which our fragmented wild places are expanded and reconnected – and make a vital contribution to our shared aims.

The Wildlife Trust in your area will have a host of positive, peaceful and practical ways you can contribute to our planet’s future at this crucial time such as asking your MP to speak up for nature’s recovery. 

Find out how you can help - get in touch with your Wildlife Trust

Case studies

woodwalton fen

Chris Gomersall/2020VISION

The Great Fen is a landscape project to connect the two national nature reserves of Woodwalton Fen and Holme Fen by restoring the surrounding land for wildlife.

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Top tips

There are plenty of things that you can do at home to help the environment.