This week the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP21) opened in Paris, aiming to secure a binding agreement from world leaders to combat climate change. To demonstrate the crucial role that landowners and land managers already play in mitigating climate change, the CLA is running a campaign to further explore the problems posed by the changing climate, along with solutions that landowners are taking to adapt and commentary from experts, Members of Parliament, and CLA Advisers.
This week, the Talking Climate Change blog explores the actions that landowners are taking to adapt their homes and rural businesses to boost their resilience in the face of climate change. Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Rural Business Julian Sturdy MP discusses the need to safeguard the rural economy from extreme climate events; CLA Senior Business and Economics Adviser Dr. Charles Trotman looks at how rural businesses are adapting; CLA Head of Planning Fenella Collins explores how the planning system can help homes and businesses to become more resilient; CLA Heritage Adviser Jonathan Thompson looks at the impact of climate change on heritage property; and CLA members showcase the ways in which they are adapting to changing conditions.
There will also be a thread of updates from the Paris conference available on the blog and on the CLA's main Twitter account @CLAtweets.