Talking Climate Change

02 November 2015

The United Nations Conference on Climate Change will be taking place in Paris from Monday 30 November - Friday 11 December 2015, during which world leaders will meet to achieve a binding and universal agreement on climate change.

As the world prepares for the conference, the CLA (which represents more than 33,000 landowners, farmers and rural businesses in England and Wales) are setting out a summary of the relationship between the British countryside and the climate agenda.

CLA President Henry Robinson said: “Too often assumptions are made that the challenge of mitigating and adapting to climate change will be overcome solely through grand summits. Whilst these meetings are vital in centralising international policy going forward, the truth is that the everyday work of farmers and landowners is the real driving force behind tackling the effects that climate change continues to have on our environment.

“The rural economy is particularly sensitive to climate change, as land based activities depend directly on climate conditions. Land management is central both to successful adaptation to and mitigation of climate change, and landowners across England and Wales are taking action to meet changing conditions for both private and public benefit.”

To demonstrate the crucial role that landowners and land managers already play in mitigating climate change, the CLA will be running a month-long campaign to further explore the problems posed by the changing climate, along with solutions that landowners are taking to adapt. This will include launching a new blog to publish a series of debates, discussions and best practices from experts, Members of Parliament, and CLA advisers.

Visit CLA's 'Talking Climate Change' blog at www.talkingclimatechange.wordpress.com