Some of the UK’s biggest landowners have decided to come together to restore peat bogs, woodlands, rivers, and other natural habitats that need rewilding on their land.
The National Trust, National Parks England, and Duchy of Cornwall are just a few of the organizations that have pledged to cultivate woodlands, reconnect rivers, restore wetlands, and improve public access to nature on their land, which will boost biodiversity and help sequester dangerous carbon emissions.
The rewilding agreement also includes plans to make the buildings on their properties more energy-efficient, switch over to renewable energy, and stop agricultural pollution.
“While by no means perfect, we saw recently at COP26 what can be achieved when parties work together,” says Hilary McGrady, the director-general of the National Trust. “Healing climate harm is something we are all united in and only by pulling together, sharing our expertise and experience will we have any chance at tackling all its effects,” she continues.
“This demonstrates what can be done at ground level to tackle the climate change threat, restore nature, and ensure the future health and wellbeing of the landscapes we all love.”
One of the criticisms of this pact is the lack of measurable targets and deadlines, however, environmental charity Rewilding Britain is hoping for the best and sees the pulling together of such influential landowners as valuable progress in the fight against human-induced climate change nonetheless.