Our environment and the wildlife that calls it home can’t speak for itself – so we need to do the talking, and quickly!
The county’s wildlife, landscapes, and communities are under increasing environmental pressure, and never before has it been more important to take action. From habitat loss and fracking to the vast impacts of climate change, Steve Mewes, our Policy and Campaigns Manager, and Georgia Stokes, our CEO, makes sense of today’s topical issues and explains the problems – and how we all have the power to fix them.
Change is in the air, not just at Somerset Wildlife Trust where many changes are happening at once with my arrival and the challenge of leading the Trust following 15 successful years under Simon Nash’s leadership, but in the wider environment. Extinction Rebellion and Greta Thurnberg have successfully moved the issue of climate change up the political and news agendas, while George Monbiot and others are calling for natural climate solutions to climate change mitigation.
At Somerset Wildlife Trust we are preparing to write our future strategy and obviously the issue of climate change is one we need to understand and address in the context of Somerset’s natural environment. So, what is the relationship between climate change and biodiversity?
The recent flurry of academic reports showing the worsening climate situation is deeply shocking, almost as shocking as the almost complete lack of action to counteract the threat we face, at every level of the political system.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer has failed to even mention Climate Change once in the three budgets he has delivered, which is beyond alarming.
Last month’s IPCC report outlined that to keep global temperatures at or below the relatively ‘safe’ level of 1.5oC above pre-industrial levels will require a global cut in CO2 emissions of 45% by 2030, just 12 years from now. This goes much further than the UK’s current plans under the Climate Change Act.