The IWT will be present at the COP 26 in Glasgow to keep you up-to-date! Watch this space or follow our social media channels for news:
Our key positions on the climate crisis
- The Irish Wildlife Trust support the One Future campaign‘s policy demands. Fast and fair climate action is crucial for the survival of humanity on planet earth.
- The climate and biodiversity crises are two sides of the same coin. They can and must be tackled together – action on the climate crisis should not exacerbate the biodiversity crisis.
- Natural habitats are our ally in fighting climate change. Restoration or rewilding of lost habitats is one of the most cost-effective actions we can take immediately to help us mitigate and adapt to the worst effects of the climate crisis. We therefore ask for at east 30% of land and sea to be protected by 2030, of which at least 10% should be strictly protected. By making space for nature, we increase biodiversity and resilience of ecosystems, increase carbon storage (e.g. in peat, forests, seagrass, saltmarsh), increase rain water retention (e.g. peat, flood plains), and protect coasts from storm surge (e.g. kelp, saltmarsh, sand dunes).
As the government heads to Scotland for the COP people need to know that we are still losing our most biodiversity and carbon rich habitats to illegal activity in areas where peat extraction was supposed to have been ended a decade ago. Despite the great speeches we’re likely to hear, the destruction of nature is on-going and shows little sign of abating.”
- Pádraic Fogarty, IWT Campaigns Officer
We’re excited to launch our new infographic on how ocean ecosystems help us mitigate and adapt to climate change (click to enlarge).
Recent Press Releases
03rd November: Irish Wildlife Trust welcomes announcement at COP26 to end deforestation – Ireland must move to address its own deforestation problem
Press Release: Irish Wildlife Trust welcomes announcement at COP26 to end deforestation
28th October: As the government heads to the COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow, new information shows that unlawful turf-cutting remains widespread on Special Areas of Conservation
Press Release: As the government heads to the COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow, new information shows that unlawful turf-cutting remains widespread on Special Areas of Conservation
Our campaigns officer Pádraic Fogarty is in Glasgow attending COP26.
Read his most recent blog post on the event here:
4th November:Last chance? Or no chance?
Last chance? Or no chance?