The head of Devon Wildlife Trust has sent a direct message to Prime Minister Gordon Brown, urging him to deliver a positive and far-reaching agreement at the UN Copenhagen Climate Change Summit next week.
The message, in the form of a large postcard signed by all 47 wildlife trusts, will be delivered by a representative of the leading conservation organisation.
The postcard reads:
Please secure a positive and far-reaching climate change agreement in Copenhagen – we, and our wildlife, depend upon it.
Our 47 Wildlife Trusts around the UK have a combined membership of nearly 800,000. We all care deeply about the future of our natural environment, on land and at sea, especially in a changing climate.
The impact of climate change on people and the natural environment – upon which we all depend – is predicted to be dramatic. We need to take a positive step towards a legal agreement to reduce greenhouse gases by 40% by 2020. The Conference must recognise the role of natural ecosystems, such as forests and peatlands, in storing carbon. This is vital for us all.
‘We are putting far too much pressure on our planet which is already having devastating impacts on both people and the natural world that we depend on,’ said Paul Gompertz, Director of Devon Wildlife Trust, which has 35,000 members.
‘We know this is a global problem, but the UK Government is in a position to take a lead on this, and to show other nations what can be achieved.
‘We would urge the Government to commit to a 40% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2020. Decisive, deliberate, and dynamic action needs to be taken on this, before it’s too late for wildlife and for people.’
(from a Devon Wildlife Trust charity, press release)