Wildlife chief urges climate action

PUBLISHED: 11:39 07 December 2009 | UPDATED: 12:25 10 June 2010

THE head of Devon Wildlife Trust is urging Prime Minister Gordon Brown to deliver a far-reaching agreement at the UN Copenhagen Climate Change Summit this week.

THE head of Devon Wildlife Trust is urging Prime Minister Gordon Brown to deliver a far-reaching agreement at the UN Copenhagen Climate Change Summit this week.

The message, in the form of a large postcard signed by all the UK's 47 Wildlife Trusts, will be delivered by a representative of the leading conservation organisation.

The postcard calls for a 'positive step' towards a legal agreement to reduce greenhouse gases by 40 per cent by 2020.

It says: "The Conference must recognise the role of natural ecosystems, such as forests and peatlands, in storing carbon. This is vital for us all.

"We are putting far too much pressure on our planet which is already having devastating impacts on both people and the natural world that we depend on."

The Wildlife Trusts across the UK are raising awareness of the threat climate change poses to people and the natural environment, and working to help protect wildlife from the impacts of climate change.

Paul Gompertz, Director of Devon Wildlife Trust, which has 35,000 members said: "We know this is a global problem, but the UK Government is in a position to take a lead on this, and to show other nations what can be achieved.

"We would urge the Government to commit to a 40 per cent reduction in greenhouse gases by 2020.

"Decisive, deliberate, and dynamic action needs to be taken on this, before it's too late for wildlife and for people."

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