Our work with The Climate Coalition
We are a member of The Climate Coalition, a group of over a hundred organisations dedicated to limiting the impact of climate change on the people, places and life we love.
They run two annual campaign moments, Show the Love in February and Speak Up Week in July, calling on government for action on climate change. As the voice for woods and trees, we support these campaigns to highlight the challenges woods and trees face and the role they can play in tackling the effects of climate change.
Speak Up Week 30 June – 8 July
For this year’s Speak Up Week, our street trees project is teaming up with The Climate Coalition. It’s a national conversation on how climate change is affecting the life we love. Street trees are so important; they reduce air pollution, provide shelter and shade, absorb carbon emissions and make us feel happier. All things that can help us out as we face the challenges of climate change, now and in the future.
The Charter for Trees, Woods and People sets out the principles for a society in which people and trees can stand stronger together. It calls for us to combat threats to our habitats, such as climate change. So help us Speak Up for our trees.
Host a street trees celebration event during Speak Up Week to stand up for trees and all the benefits they provide us. Invite your local councillors or MP to highlight to them just how important these leafy sentinels are to you and your community.
Download these resources to help you organise your street trees event as part of Speak Up Week:
Climate change and woods and trees
The trees that line our streets and gardens. The hedges that adorn our countryside. The woods where we walk. They provide and purify our air, clean and encourage water storage, give our wildlife homes, lock up carbon and make our landscapes green and beautiful. The biggest long-term threat to these benefits, and the trees, woods and wildlife themselves, is that posed by the impacts of extreme weather and uncertain seasons.
Climate change exacerbates the likelihood of tree pests and disease. Fluctuating seasonal changes knock species out of sync with each other. The impacts of storms and drought may fragment already declining habitats and negatively affect species’ range. The natural world could struggle to adapt in its battle for survival, and ancient woodland, a habitat made up of unique and delicate ecosystems, is particularly vulnerable.
We’re working to help woods and trees weather these changes. We promote their role in both rural and urban settings as part of the toolkit for tackling the impacts of climate change. We raise awareness of the issues and encourage personal action, such as planting trees. And as an organisation we continue to reduce our own impact on the environment.
Find out more about we are doing in our position statement on climate change.