Net Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050, and a Big Wild Weekend

Published on June 13th 2019
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Net Zero by 2050

Theresa May has announced a net zero UK carbon emissions target by 2050.
To make this promise legally binding, an amendment to the Climate Change Act 2008 was brought to parliament yesterday. The target makes the UK the first major economy to legislate for zero emissions and is based on the advice from the Committee on Climate Change, a panel of independent experts.
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The Government will also be seeking advice from the Youth Steering Group, following the wave of recent climate protests.
The Committee on Climate Change reports that the decision will be beneficial to public health and biodiversity.
Prime Minister Theresa May said: 'Standing by is not an option. Reaching net zero by 2050 is an ambitious target, but it is crucial that we achieve it to ensure we protect our planet for future generations.'
The Wildlife Trusts welcome the decision but feel the UK Government could be 'more ambitious', by speeding up the development of policy and increase investment.
They also cite the need to invest in nature's recovery through the implementation of an Environment Act to improve the health of wildlife and environments throughout the UK. It will need to ensure the active collaboration of regulation, public spending, investment and practical action.
The National Trust has also responded, asking for the government's help lock carbon by looking after soil, planting trees and protecting peatland. They have also asked for the incoming PM to get the stalled Agriculture Bill up and running again, which would set up funding to pay farmers for these actions.
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Big Wild Weekend

This weekend The Wildlife Trusts are hosting their annual Big Wild Weekend.
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The celebration comes in the middle of 30 Days Wild, a challenge to the public for them to do something wild every day throughout June.
The Big Wild Weekend will take place across the UK, with over 50 events run by volunteers inspiring people of all ages to connect with nature.
The Wildlife Trusts’ spokesperson for 30 Days Wild, Leanne Manchester said: 'Across the country, half a million people are doing Random Acts of Wildness for 30 Days Wild throughout June. The Big Wild Weekend is a fantastic opportunity for people to enjoy even more activities in some of the UK’s best wild havens.
'There’s a fabulous range of fun-filled activities on offer this weekend, and we look forward to welcoming everyone. June is a great month to go wild, and you’ll find our beautiful nature reserves and green spaces in towns, the countryside, and along coastlines, they’re awash with colour and buzzing with life. Come and explore with us!'
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