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Climate change and biodiversity: nature-based solutions for Devon

  • by JW

” Action and restructuring are what is needed. Our hope is for a greener, healthier and more balanced world, where nature is allowed to thrive alongside human beings.”


Today the Sidmouth Science Festival looked ahead to the COP26 event next month:

Sidmouth Climate Day – Vision Group for Sidmouth

An issue many have about the climate change agenda in general and the Glasgow meeting in particular is the lack of specific, concrete proposals – as reported in the i-newspaper:

Finally it’s plain for all to see. We have a very green queen. On Thursday the scrupulously tight-lipped monarch inadvertently made public the deep concern over climate change she has had for at least a quarter of a century. And her expression of irritation at world leaders who had not undertaken to come to the COP26 climate summit, which opens in just over two weeks time… Gesticulating with her gloved hand for emphasis, she said she still had “no idea” who was coming to the summit, adding – in an echo of Greta Thunberg’s recent “blah, blah blah” outburst – “it’s really irritating when they talk, but they don’t do”. … She has expressed concern over climate change over private meals with both Barack Obama and Dame Julia Slingo…

The Queen’s comments on climate change are no surprise if you’ve been watching her closely

And it was Dame Julia who had addressed the Sidmouth Climate Day earlier today:

Climate day will give chance to showcase sustainability work | Sidmouth Herald

A little before, the Sid Valley Biodiversity Group had a stall at the event’s ‘market place’:

Sid Valley Biodiversity Group –

And in the latest edition of the Herald, the SVBG’s Charles Sinclair came up with some very practical approaches which could be taken here in Devon:

Old tree stump providing homes for a wealth of biodiversity – Credit: Charles Sinclair

I would like to highlight four nature-based solutions that would benefit the UK. Firstly, the use of Regenerative Agriculture in which soil nourishment with organic matter is central to agricultural practice. There are exciting examples showing how this method has turned loss making farms into healthy and profitable ecosystems. Secondly, is the recovery of the UK’s woodlands to include native trees and 19% coverage of the UK land area. This will significantly increase biomass and habitats. Thirdly, an increase of 40,000 kilometres of hedgerow that would mitigate approximately 3% of the UK’s greenhouse emissions. Fourthly, and most exciting, the creation of new National Parks, such as the Somerset Levels, and the regeneration of current National Parks, to regain the lost populations of our native wildlife.

Action and restructuring are what is needed. We will need to see dramatic proposals to measure up to the problem and they will need to be specific in order to ensure their implementation. At best, nature-based solutions can only achieve 25% of what is needed, so it is essential that fossil fuel reduction is also a major part of the way ahead. Our hope is for a greener, healthier and more balanced world, where nature is allowed to thrive alongside human beings.

What will be said and done at COP26 in Glasgow? | Sidmouth Herald