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Reaching Net Zero

Net zero goals are critical to create a world richer in nature. We welcome government commitment to net zero, but it must meet targets in time and properly account for the huge contribution the land sector makes to fuelling climate change.

The consensus

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A landmark IPCC report shows how the earth will respond to rapidly increasing emissions. This report is clear that if we do not act now to curb our emissions, climate-related disasters around the world will become the norm.

 

The IPBES report, the most comprehensive assessment of biodiversity to date, found that globally, 1 million species are threatened with extinction.

 

The science paints a harrowing picture for both nature and climate, and halting our emissions is the first step in acting to turn the tide. 

Ambitious targets

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While the UK’s 2050 net zero strategy does mention nature, much more needs to be done to recognise the scale of emissions the land sector is responsible for.

 

In 2030 there will be another chance to recognise the role nature should play within the net zero strategy when the UK revisits its climate plans. This is a critical opportunity for the UK government to step up their ambition.

Rapidly phase out fossil fuels

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We cannot tackle the nature and climate emergency without decarbonising all sectors of the economy. This will require rapid fossil fuel phase out, a transition to renewable energy in harmony with nature, and behaviour change to encourage us to think about low carbon diet, energy usage and the efficiency of our homes.