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.
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Repairing nature now, not tomorrow
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