On Monday 28 October, MPs debated a Petition calling on the government to restore nature on a massive scale to help stop climate breakdown.
The Petition, now closed, recorded over 109,000 signatories and stated 'to avoid a climate emergency we need to act fast. Rewilding and other natural climate solutions can draw millions of tonnes of CO2 out of the air through restoring and protecting our living systems. We call on the UK government to make a bold financial and political commitment to nature's recovery.'
In response to the petition, the Government stated 'Climate change is one of the most pressing challenges we face. Nature-based solutions are key to tackling climate change. The Government is deploying such solutions to improve our natural environment.'
Monday's debate provided an opportunity for MPs to question a Government Minister directly on these topics.
It should be noted that:
- Debates of this type help to raise the profile of a campaign and can influence decision-making in Government and Parliament.
- Petition debates in Westminster Hall cannot directly change the law or result in a vote to implement the request of the Petition.
There was much comment about tree planting, rewilding and pollinators so keep watching for updates.