At the current trajectory, we will reach this limit as early as 2030. Simply put, there is an environmental emergency and we must act now through bold and urgent leadership.
A climate and ecological emergency is an internally recognised declaration being used around the world to publicly proclaim concern over the IPPC findings.
The Welsh Government, Scottish Government, UK Government, EU Parliament, Local Authorities, the Environment Agency, business and professional member organisations have all declared a climate emergency.
Recently Comic Relief, Power to Change, and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity joined 40 other grant-giving bodies and charities who have already signed up to the Funder Commitment on Climate Change, pledging to take action to tackle the climate emergency.
Many high-profile businesses are making public commitments to lead on climate action, either setting a deadline to become net-zero or even going beyond that and becoming climate positive.
Map of Local Authority Climate Emergency Declarations - April 2020
Buglife’s Declaration of a Climate and Ecological Emergency
Buglife recognises that the destruction of the environment typified by accelerating climate chaos and vanishing wildlife species has reached the point where it is appropriate to declare a Climate and Ecological Emergency, and we do so.
From our perspective, as an invertebrate conservation charity, we see all too clearly how habitat destruction and fragmentation, pollution and climate change intertwine with increasing potency to prevent the flourishing, and even continued existence, of invertebrate species and humans.
Letham Moss © Paul Kirkland
As part of our delivery work Buglife has rewetted Fannyside Muir and is currently restoring the hydrology of 10 other degraded peat bogs. Combined with our success saving sites such as Aucheninnes Moss from destruction we are likely to be responsible for locking up more CO2 than we would be able to produce.
Aucheninnes Moss protestors © Paul Raeburn