Climate Emergency

Why are we facing a climate emergency?

We continue to lose our most precious remnants of wild natural space and vast numbers of our insects and birds. Our existing laws are too weak and the climate and ecological crisis we face is not being taken seriously enough. We need ambitious natural climate solutions that capture carbon in our peatlands, meadows and forests.

What are we calling for?

  • We must come together to restore our habitats on a landscape scale, and bring our seas back to life if wildlife is to thrive again. The damage must stop and the tables must be turned.
  • It’s time to accelerate action on the climate crisis including through restoring our natural world, not least our peatlands.
  • It is not acceptable to be building massive motorways for carbon-hungry cars, destructive High Speed lines or bigger airports across ancient woods and other vital wildlife habitats.
  • In Wales we have progressive legislation in the Future Generations and Wellbeing Act and the Environment (Wales) Act.  We are asking the Welsh Government to use this legislation to ensure that nature is fully integrated into decision-making in all departments, and across all portfolios.
  •  We are calling for a Sustainable Land Management Act in Wales that addresses post Brexit governance gaps (principles and watchdog), and the need for biodiversity targets and for new measures to combat environmental pollution.

What are we doing to tackle this climate emergency?

Across the UK Wildlife Trusts are working to protect and restore habitats. We tackle this climate and ecological emergency every day and lead work on solutions wherever we can, but we all need to work together for a healthy natural world.

Our #WilderFuture campaign calls for a Nature Recovery Network in law. This would stop the damage and expand and re-connect isolated habitats. Rather than just protecting small areas of land, this would enable wildlife to recover and thrive. We need world-leading legislation for nature’s recovery.

Read Sarah Kessell, CEO of The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales’ blog about what a Wilder Future means and how we can get there.

First Minister Mark Drakeford visits Skomer Island, to talk about the impact of the climate crisis on seabirds and marine wildlife

We have a number of ongoing projects that aim to deal with environmental crises at landscape scales:

Living Landscapes Project

Pumlumon landscape

Mid Wales Red Squirrel Project

Mid Wales Red Squirrels

Upper Tawe Valley

How can you help?

Join our campaign for a #WilderFuture and write your message to your MP. We will be sharing these messages with MPs to demonstrate the desire and need for urgent action from constituents across the UK.

Be a part of the movement for change. Make a difference today.

What is our position on the climate strikes?

The Wildlife Trusts fully support people across the UK who feel compelled to demonstrate their concern. We face heartbreak daily as we see the wildlife we love lost time and time again.  As a movement, The Wildlife Trusts stand united with all those who share our belief that nature is valuable in its own right as well as being essential to our existence.

Since we work for a Wilder Future every day we will not be actively striking. However, the Wildlife Trusts will be present at local events, and playing our part in this powerful movement for change.  We must raise the profile of the crisis we face and we can offer powerful solutions.