Guest blog by Roisin Beck-Taylor, Project Manager - Policy Climate Change Task and Finish Group and Brittany Mulhearn, Senior Campaigner
From lobbying government for new climate polices to helping our nature reserves cope with the effects of climate change, the RSPB is working hard to make a difference.
We are seeing the impacts of extreme weather events caused by climate change on the people and places we love both here in the UK and abroad. The time is now to do everything we can to protect them. Climate change is the fight of our lifetime, but in order to solve the climate crisis, we must also tackle the nature crisis.
Cattle at RSPB Lake Vyrnwy Nature Reserve. Image: Eleanor Bentall (rspb-images.com)
This year, we in the UK have a huge opportunity to raise the ambition of plans to tackle climate change and nature loss at home and abroad. The UK is hosting a major UN climate summit, known as COP26, in Glasgow this November. This means parliament and local authorities alike want to be seen as ambitious in tackling climate change.
Farming is part of the solution
Farmers are uniquely positioned as land managers to embed nature-based solutions practices to not only reap the benefits of carbon storage, but biodiversity and a variety of other benefits like flood defence, improved soil quality, and increasing the resilience of farm businesses.
In the run up to this pivotal global event we are asking for your help. By showing us how you are doing your bit for nature and climate, you can join the millions of others in demanding politicians do more too.
1. Roll your sleeves up: help create better and more connected greenspaces near you
(Visit Farm Wildlife for more ideas, including six key actions to help wildlife on the farm developed by a partnership of nature and farming organisations).
2. Create more nature: by lobbying local decision makers
3. Shout louder: Tell your politicians to step up
4. Come together: Join events during Great Big Green week 18th-26th September and the join us for a Global Day of Action at COP26 on 6th November
5. Tell us about it!
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