These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

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Author: Kate Whiting, Senior Writer, Formative Content


Environmentalists in the UK want to return a quarter of the country to the wild, in a bid to absorb carbon dioxide to help combat climate change.

The proposal is in is a report by environmental group Rewilding Britain which promotes the benefits of restoring and protecting natural environments such as forests and wetlands.

The report suggests returning an area of 6 million hectares of land – roughly three times the size of Wales – to nature, which it says would remove up to 47 million tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere each year as the new plants absorb carbon.

 Greenhouse gas and CO2 emissions in the UK 2001-2017

Greenhouse gas and CO2 emissions in the UK 2001-2017
Image: Statista

As the chart above shows, the UK is reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but they remain a major cause of climate change. The rewilding plan could neutralise more than a tenth of the UK’s emissions, the report says.

Returning such a huge area of land to nature would also improve biodiversity. According to a report by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, up to 1 million species worldwide are threatened with extinction.

Rewilding Britain says its plan would also protect communities at risk of flooding, improve water quality and have benefits for health and wellbeing by bringing people closer to nature.

How much will it cost?

The report estimates a $2.4 billion investment would be required to carry out the plan. A subsidy system would pay landowners per-hectare to restore ecosystems.

The policy would require a bold political shift and is likely to have many opponents. On a much smaller scale, the UK government plans to plant more than 130,000 trees across the country, working towards a target of 1 million new trees by 2022.

 

Action on climate change

Recent protests across London by environmental movement Extinction Rebellion, and a visit to the UK by Swedish student activist Greta Thunberg, have raised public awareness of the climate crisis, and focused attention on the need for urgent action.

The UK parliament declared an environment and climate emergency and the government’s Committee on Climate Change recommended a UK greenhouse gas emissions target of net-zero by 2050. If adopted, this target would be one of the most ambitious long-term emissions commitments of any major economy, but would require big efforts to achieve.

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