The climate emergency is the biggest threat facing our countryside. We need to drastically reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. But there’s good news: the countryside can provide many of the solutions.
CPRE is part of a national coalition calling for urgent action. We believe the UK should meet net zero emissions as soon as possible with a target of 2045 at the latest. A credible carbon reduction strategy needs to value the countryside and be aligned with a land use planning and transport strategy that emphasises regeneration, walkable neighbourhoods, low car dependency and traffic reduction.
The countryside has a valuable role as a carbon sequester. In line with this we advocate planting more trees, protecting hedgerows, and taking better care of our soils. The countryside must not be seen simply as a convenient repository for excess housing demand.