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.