A moorland fire destroying precious upland habitat

We’re living in a nature and climate emergency

The nature and climate emergency is the biggest threat in our lifetime. But if we act soon, and fast, we can do something about it. We must ensure our decision-makers do the right thing for nature, climate and ourselves. Our time is now.

Can nature save us from the climate crisis?

The answer is right in front of us.

The recovery of nature isn’t just vital for its own sake – it can also help us tackle the climate crisis head-on. In turn, the recovery of nature means that wonderful species can thrive again. We all win!

Peat bogs, for example, take climate-heating carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, and also reduce flood risk. Even better, they support threatened species such as curlews. A wonder-habitat. Hedgerows absorb carbon, and also provide a home for insects that birds feed on, and in autumn, are often full of berries too – another tasty snack. Street trees in cities also have a role to play in combating climate change, cooling the air, and providing shade.

Climate change is affecting puffins and blue tits

Climate change isn’t an apocalyptic worst-case scenario future. It’s happening now, and we’re feeling the effects now – you must have noticed more frequent unpredictable weather, crazy weather, flash floods, and berries ripening at the ‘wrong’ time. Wildlife isn’t safe either, as climate change is also affecting our most-loved species, including puffins and blue tits.

 

But it’s not all bad news. Nature can also be our biggest ally in fighting the nature and climate emergency, if we act now.

View over to Pen Y Fan and the Brecon Beacons | The RSPB

Great Big Green Week, Climate Fringe Week, and the RSPB

Great Big Green Week, and Climate Fringe Week in Scotland, take place from 18–26 September. We’ll be celebrating action for nature and the climate, and calling for ambitious laws to protect our planet.

 

The nature and climate crisis affects us all, so it’s important for people from all backgrounds to connect with nature and understand the threats it faces. Only then can we create the groundswell of support our natural world needs and show the UK’s leaders that actions speak louder than words.

 

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