The need for action

Why doubling tree cover is critical.

10 May 2021

The problem

Anyone can tell that the weather is getting wilder and affecting us all. From floods in the UK to droughts, storms and sea-level rise displacing millions of the world's poorest people, climate change is happening now.

Nature is in crisis. It’s estimated that humanity has wiped out 60% of animal populations since the 1970s. A major cause of this is habitat destruction.

The solution

We have no hope of stopping climate change unless we can restore the abundance of nature. And we have no hope of stopping the crisis in biodiversity unless we tackle climate change and – more to the point – the root causes of both.

Nature is the ultimate carbon capture and storage machine. Trees play an incredible role in combating climate chaos by removing planet-wrecking emissions from the air around us.

What we're calling for

Despite their importance, just 13% of the UK’s total land area has tree cover (compared to an EU average of 35%).

We believe one of the best solutions to protect our environment and achieve net zero emissions (removing as many emissions as we produce) is to double UK forest by 2045, but government targets currently fall well short.

That's why we're calling on the UK government to commit to doubling the UK's tree cover by 2045 to tackle the climate emergency.