PM urged to make New Year’s resolutions to tackle nature and climate crises


Leading conservation charities are calling on Boris Johnson to make a collection of New Year resolutions to drive motion on the climate and nature crises.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, they urge the Government to restore peatland quicker, deliver ahead the ban on peat in horticulture, and enhance marine safety, with habitats akin to seagrass given extremely protected standing.

The National Trust, RSPB, Woodland Trust and Wildlife Trusts are additionally urging Mr Johnson to make positive the brand new cost system for farmers ensures nature and climate-friendly farming, and to enhance tree planting with largely native bushes in the correct place.

The seven resolutions embody a name for extra formidable tree planting of native species (Emily Beament/PA)

The seven New Year resolutions additionally embody guaranteeing that the community of protected websites is sufficiently big and sufficiently nicely managed to defend nature and the carbon saved inside them.

A dedication from the Government to restore 30% of land and sea by 2030 for nature is welcome, the organisations say, however they warn that solely 3% of land can presently be stated to be particularly protected for nature.

The organisations additionally need to see a brand new obligation that requires future climate dangers and hazards to be taken into consideration in all public choice making, to help the adjustments wanted to assist communities and landscapes adapt to climate change impacts.

Restoring all peatlands – the UK’s largest pure carbon sink and key wildlife habitat however one which is placing out emissions due to its degraded state – would save excess of it could price, the teams argue.

And ministers ought to deliver ahead the long-promised ban on using peat in horticulture “as a matter of urgency” and a right away ban on burning upland peat to profit climate nature.

In the seas, safety must be elevated for the marine atmosphere to harness its carbon storing potential, with extremely protected standing for all seagrass habitats, renewed pledges to defend coastal areas akin to salt marsh and curbs on fishing which harms the seabed and releases carbon.

A flower margin of an arable field to support wildlife

Nature pleasant farming can embody flower margins of arable fields to help wildlife (Emily Beament/PA)

The conservation organisations are urging the Prime Minister to construct on the pledges to tackle the climate and nature crises made on the key Cop26 talks in Glasgow in November 2021 with the actions they’ve set out.

Dr Darren Moorcroft, chief govt of the Woodland Trust, stated: “For nature and climate, 2022 will be just as critical as 2021 was.

“We need the UK to show real leadership in the major international conferences on climate and biological diversity.

“To back this up, all parts of the UK need to deliver decisive action, setting clear targets to restore nature, and working with land managers to create tree-rich resilient landscapes for people, nature and carbon.”

Beccy Speight, chief govt of the RSPB, stated: “We now need new guarantees from the Government that deliver on the important commitments for nature secured at Cop26 – to protect the nation’s wildlife and to restore our farmed landscape so that it helps tackle both the ecological and climate crises.”

Craig Bennett, chief govt of the Wildlife Trusts, stated 2022 wanted to be the 12 months the Government stepped up with renewed commitments and funding for a more healthy future for folks and nature.

“There’s still a huge gulf between rhetoric and reality to tackle climate change.

“We urgently need to cut carbon emissions deeper and faster and ensure nature recovers across across 30% of land and sea by the end of the decade,” he warned.

National Trust director common Hilary McGrady stated Cop26 felt like “a real watershed moment” within the struggle towards the nature and climate crises, but in addition warned the UK had seen the impression excessive climate occasions akin to Storm Arwen had on the nation’s landscapes.

“This is why we are today calling on the Prime Minister to build on the pledges made at Cop26 and commit to a series of New Year resolutions to nature that ensure our natural defences against climate change are protected and nurtured in 2022 and beyond,” she stated.

A Government spokesperson stated they had been “absolutely committed” to tackling climate change.

They added: “We are taking action to limit rising temperatures, with new pledges to cut carbon and methane emissions, end deforestation, phase out coal and provide more finance to countries most vulnerable to climate change.”

The spokesperson stated England’s new Sustainable Farming Incentive would reward land managers for utilizing extra environmentally pleasant farming practices, whereas the Government was additionally consulting on plans to part out using peat within the horticulture sector, and was selling sustainable administration of peat habitats.