Climate emergency

Climate emergency

Fire on Winter Hill during summer 2018

Why are we facing a climate emergency? 

Our natural world is in a critical condition. 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. These are not isolated issues and their solutions mustn't be either: 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 train 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 reconnect 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. 

Taking climate action, everyday

What is our 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. We believe that:

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. It's time to stop the damage and turn the situation around.

It’s time to accelerate action on the climate crisis including through restoring our natural world, not least our damaged peatlands that currently release the same carbon as three cities.

It is not acceptable to continue showing a lack of respect for our natural world, 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.

The Wildlife Trusts will be present at local events, but also continue to raise the profile of the crisis we face and take action for a healthy natural world, playing our part in this powerful movement for change. Since we work for a Wilder Future every day we will not be actively striking, as such. On Friday 20 September and every day that it is required 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 rebuild a world in which our fragmented wild places are expanded and reconnected, making a vital contribution to our shared aims.

Our Wildlife Trust has a host of positive, peaceful and practical ways you can contribute to our planet’s future at this crucial time, including adding your voice to the #WilderFuture campaign and asking your MP to speak up for nature’s recovery, becoming a volunteer or supporting us a a member.

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