According to a list of seven resolutions given to Boris, the climate problem should be a top concern for him in the coming year

According to a list of seven resolutions given to Boris, the climate problem should be a top concern for him in the coming year

Leading environmental groups have written to the Prime Minister with suggestions for easing the environmental emergency.

He was ordered to speed up peatland restoration, speed up the ban on peat in horticulture, and safeguard the oceans, especially seagrass.

A new payment scheme for farmers should support nature-friendly farming, the National Trust, RSPB, Woodland Trust and Wildlife Trusts said. They also encouraged Mr Johnson to increase tree planting with native species in the correct places.

The seven resolutions also call for expanding and properly managing the network of protected sites to conserve nature and the carbon deposited there.

The NGOs welcomed the Government's pledge to restore 30% of land and sea for nature by 2030, but noted that just 3% of land is currently specifically safeguarded for nature.

The organisations also support a new rule requiring all public decisions to include future climate risks when planning for climate change adaptation.

The groups claim that restoring all peatlands, the UK's greatest natural carbon sink and a vital animal habitat, would save more than it would cost.

They also want the Government to quickly implement a long-promised ban on peat in horticulture and a ban on highland peat burning.

Coastal resources like salt marshes should be protected, and fishing that affects the bottom and releases carbon should be restricted.

It follows a series of agreements made during the Cop26 climate conference in Glasgow in November, which the groups urge the Government to build on.

The Wildlife Trusts' CEO, Craig Bennett, said 2022 must be the year the Government renews promises and investments for a better future for people and environment.

‘The rhetoric and reality of climate change still differ greatly.

‘By the end of the decade, nature must rebound across 30% of land and water.'

‘For environment and climate, 2022 will be as essential as 2021,' said Dr. Darren Moorcroft, Woodland Trust CEO.

‘We need the UK to lead in the big international climate and biodiversity conferences.

The UK must take decisive action to restore nature, collaborating with land managers to create tree-rich resilient landscapes for people, nature and carbon.

However, she warned that the UK had seen the impact of extreme weather events such as Storm Arwen on the country's landscapes.

To maintain and nurture our natural defences against climate change in 2022 and beyond, she reminded the Prime Minister, ‘we must build on the promises made at Cop26'.

Climate change was ‘absolutely committed', said a government official.

A new vow to reduce carbon and methane emissions, eliminate deforestation, phase out coal, and provide more funding to climate-vulnerable countries.

The government is also consulting on plans to phase out the use of peat in horticulture and promote sustainable management of peat habitats, according to the spokeswoman.

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