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Wild Planet Trust statement in response to IPCC Sixth Report

Today’s release of the IPCC Climate Change report is sobering reading.  Recognising that the impact of human activities on rising global temperatures is unequivocal, we face a time of change with the world getting hotter and monsoon conditions becoming more frequent.  Some of these impacts, such as rising sea levels, are already irreversible for centuries to millennia.

Our global biodiversity, already suffering loss, will continue to decline under increasing climatic effects.  As species decline and ecosystems are damaged, nature’s ability to sequester carbon and mitigate climate change effects will be lost.

With the climate COP coming up, we need our governments to live up to their Paris Agreement commitments, and work to realise their net-zero plans.

Wild Planet Trust is committed to reducing our carbon footprint and adapting to new ways of working that mitigate and reduce the impacts of climate change.

Zoos provide safe havens for species that will continue to be impacted by changes to their wild environments.  Zoos act as research hubs building knowledge and understanding of the species environmental needs.  Modern zoos are a repository of animal management and veterinary knowledge.  Our expertise can be used to facilitate management of animal populations displaced by the effects of climate change.

Wild Planet Trust also works to rebuild resilience in the ecosystems around us by working to save our local seagrass beds and managing our woodland and grassland reserves.

Wild Planet Trust knows that every action matters and we motivate our members and visitors to contribute to the work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  We are contributing to the development of climate conscious communities acting for our future.