The Climate Change Act - ten years on

Jamie Wyver

Friday 16 November 2018

Green heart in berry tree

The Climate Change Act was passed in 2008 - what has the RSPB been doing to address climate change since then?

In November 2008, the UK Parliament passed the Climate Change Act, the culmination of campaigning by groups like Stop Climate Chaos (now The Climate Coalition) and Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, of which the RSPB is a member. What has the RSPB been doing since then to reduce the effects of climate change?

1. After helping to bring about the UK and Scotland Climate Change Acts in the first place, we’ve continue to work on strengthening the UK and devolved government’s commitments to tackling climate change.

2. We are one of the founding members of The Climate Coalition. Together we raise awareness of how climate change is impacting the things people love; and work to influence governments in the UK. We’ve played a major role in the recent Show the Love campaigns, where people including MPs and celebrities wear handmade green hearts to show their commitment to protecting wildlife and the environment.

3. All our reserves are now managed with resilience to climate change in mind, to help wildlife adapt and thrive.

4. We are restoring valuable peat bogs across the UK and have worked out that our reserves in England alone save more than 90,000 tonnes of CO2 every year.

5. We create new inland wetlands, like those at Ouse Fen, Ham Wall and Lakenheath, to provide new habitats for birds like bittern whose coastal habitats will one day be lost.

6. We’re future-proofing coastal communities like Medmerry in West Sussex to minimise flooding risks whilst creating new habitats for wildlife.

7. We have shown how the UK can deliver very high levels of renewable energy in harmony with nature through our Energy Future report.

8. We have put up a wind turbine at our UKHQ which produces sufficient energy to match half of our electricity needs and we are about to invest nearly £1 million pounds more in LED lighting and renewable energy on our own buildings, adding 8 more solar power systems to 25 existing installations..

9. We have built energy efficient buildings – for example the visitor centres at Saltholme, Rainham, Arne and Sherwood.

10. Through our work with Ecotricity we have encouraged people to switch to 100% green energy, saving an estimated 3,500 metric tonnes of CO2. It would take 1,737,000 trees an entire year to store that amount of carbon!

Find out more

The impact of climate change on wildlife

The RSPB’s climate change work

Last Updated: Friday 16 November 2018

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