Forests and our climate are intrinsically linked as deforestation accounts for around ten per cent of global carbon dioxide emissions; climate change of more than two degrees will destroy many of the world’s forests and restoration of degraded forests could remove 500 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Despite this, forests in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australasia and Europe, are heavily degraded and under threat. Concerted efforts are needed to work with forest dependent communities to restore forests to their former status as homes and stores of carbon.
Fern actively campaigns for EU climate policy which encourages restoration of European forests and doesn’t subsidise the burning of trees for energy. We are also calling on the international civil aviation organisation to adopt policies which won’t lead to runaway climate change. We do this by working with scientists to analyse and propose policies and NGOs and policy makers to put better policies into practice.
Climate related resources
Bioenergy: the Achilles Heel of the EU 2050 decarbonisation vision
Timed to come out just before the climate conference in Katowice, Poland, the EU released its much-anticipated vision for decarbonising the EU by 2050, with an aim to be climate neutral by 2050. This move was widely supported, but...
Katowice Forest Declaration: It’s in the way that you use it
The Ministerial Katowice Declaration on Forests for the Climate, issued by the Polish presidency to the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP24), contains many...
Dutch court ruling on climate change could improve climate policies globally
The Hague Court of Appeal made a precedent-setting ruling on 9 October 2018, providing a global example for engaged citizens to hold their governments to account for climate policies. The...