Regenerating the landscape

Farming and land management is both part of the problem and a big part of the solution. Economic forces and government incentives have pushed farms to be more intensive, bigger and with more and more inputs. This has created cheap food but it has come at the expense of the landscape, wildlife and biodiversity.

Part of the climate change response is to manage landscapes much more organically, to rebuild soils and soil carbon with set of techniques often called regenerative farming.

Climate emergency is here

MPs have approved a motion to declare an environment and climate emergency.

This proposal, which demonstrates the will of the Commons on the issue but does not legally compel the government to act, was approved without a vote.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who tabled the motion, said it was “a huge step forward”.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove acknowledged there was a climate “emergency” but did not back Labour’s demands to declare one.

The declaration of an emergency was one of the key demands put to the government by environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion, in a series of protests over recent weeks.

Addressing climate protesters from the top of a fire engine in Parliament Square earlier, Mr Corbyn said: “This can set off a wave of action from parliaments and governments around the globe.

“We pledge to work as closely as possible with countries that are serious about ending the climate catastrophe and make clear to US President Donald Trump that he cannot ignore international agreements and action on the climate crisis.”

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This picture shows a general view of the flooded city of Poldokhtar in the Lorestan province, on April 02, 2019. – Iranian emergency services were bracing for widespread flooding on April 3 with mass evacuations planned as extensive rainfalls in regions neighbouring Khuzestan converge on the oil-rich southwestern province. (Photo by Aziz Babanejad / TASNIM NEWS / AFP) (Photo credit should read AZIZ BABANEJAD/AFP/Getty Images)