Our climate is changing

Human-accelerated climate change is one of the most profound environmental crises that we have ever experienced. 

The world is already 1°C warmer than pre-industrial levels and we are already experiencing the impacts, from extreme weather to rising sea levels and diminishing Arctic sea ice.   

Without urgent action, global warming is likely to reach 1.5 °C by as soon as 2030. Exceeding this threshold by even half a degree will significantly increase the risk of drought, flood, wildfires, food shortages and poverty for hundreds of millions of people, as well as biodiversity loss and species extinctions. If the world keeps on warming, we could see catastrophic climate breakdown.

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 needs to happen next?

  • 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. It’s time to stop the damage and turn the situation around
  • It’s time to accelerate action on the climate crisis including the restoration of natural habitats that can lock up carbon
  • It is not acceptable to continue showing a lack of respect for our natural world by building new roads for carbon-hungry cars or bigger airports across ancient woodland and other vital wildlife habitats
  • It’s time for a new Environment Act that will truly give nature and people a safe and healthy future

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    • Buzzing with ideas

      Buzzing with ideas

      Fran Southgate shares her thoughts on the Landscape Innovation Conference

    • Trees and the climate emergency

      Trees and the climate emergency

      Dr Tony Whitbread tackles the issue raised from his previous blog, as we are in a climate emergency, the priority must be to get the trees in the ground as an emergency action

    • Community competition for climate change resilience

      Community competition for climate change resilience

      Community groups in Sussex can apply for a £500 grant to help create climate change resilience in their local community thanks to David Saddington and other speakers at the January 2020 Landscape Innovation Conference, organised by Sussex Wildlife Trust and the University of Sussex.

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