The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has published its annual report providing updates on the advancement of climate change, its causes, potential impacts and response options. In its report, the IPCC called for more sustainable uses of land and food consumption citing food wastage, deforestation, the destruction of other habitats, including carbon-sequestering peatlands, and livestock as key contributors to the increase in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Responding to the IPCC report published 8 August, Country Land and Business Association (CLA) President Tim Breitmeyer said:
“Climate Change is among the biggest threats to agricultural businesses and Governments around the world should understand that farmers and landowners are a major part of the solution. 95% of CLA members when polled were incorporating climate change mitigation into their business plans, which shows the determination of the landowning community to support the global effort to protect the environment.
“There is no silver bullet to dealing with climate change. Farmers are keen and ready to farm in the most sustainable way but the tax, planning and future agriculture policies must allow them to do so. For example, engaging in agroforestry, mixed farming systems, permanent pasture, restoring peatland, new woodland planting and improving productivity.
“One thing is clear. A global programme of tree planting is necessary, and landowners are up to the task of playing their part. Government should speed up its efforts to create a funding structure that would allow farmers to make appropriate agricultural land available for afforestation.”
The CLA remains an active participant in the climate crisis debate having hosted a Climate Change Summit in July which brought landowners, farmers, rural businesses and land managers together to assess the risks and opportunities of the climate emergency. The CLA will continue to lobby government to encourage, incentivise and enable farmers to form environmental and economically sustainable rural businesses.