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Wildwood Ecology Formally Declares a Climate and Ecological Emergency

Wildwood Ecology formally declares that the climate and ecological emergencies are inextricably linked, cannot be addressed in isolation, and require urgent and immediate action.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change[1] issued an urgent warning in October 2018 that humanity has just 12 years left to keep global warming to below 1.5°C and avoid a climate catastrophe. The same month, WWF released the 2018 Living Planet Report[2], which revealed that the average abundance of more than 4,000 species across the globe has declined by 60% since 1980. Our oceans have also been warming 40% faster than previously thought and are struggling to cope with the 12.7 million tonnes of plastic waste we deposit in them every year.

It is all too painfully obvious that the negative exploitation of our natural environment now significantly outweigh the positives and we all have a part to play in addressing this increasing imbalance.

Wildwood Ecology is committed to helping others achieve net zero carbon emissions, as well as ensuring that our own business aligns with its core values and vision statement. We are clear there is a climate emergency which will require immediate and radical action.

This declaration requires that our entire business model be designed in the context of a climate and ecological emergency. This includes a commitment to net zero carbon by 2030 with realistic reduction targets throughout our value chain, including alignment with the principles of science-based targets.

Wildwood Ecology commits to achieving net zero carbon by 2030 and publicly declared its intention at COP25 on 11th December 2019 with 500 other companies as part of a B Corporation statement. Wildwood Ecology also commit to developing a carbon reduction commitment aligned with the principles of the Science-Based Targets Initiative[3] (SBTi) for Scopes 1, 2 and 3.

In the coming months we will describe our journey to net zero carbon, how we will achieve our ambition and our milestones as we reach this important and urgent target.

We will seek to:

  • Raise awareness of the climate and ecological emergency to all our stakeholders – shareholders, employees, suppliers, clients, other ecological practices.
  • Ensure that nature-based solutions play a key role in mitigating against and adapting to climate change.
  • Evaluate all new projects and work tirelessly to ensure we deliver biodiversity net gain.
  • Share knowledge and research to that end on an open source basis.
  • Work in collaboration with other likeminded businesses, organisations and individuals to share best practice, speak with a common message and to increase the effectiveness and urgency of our climate and ecological emergency action agenda.

[1] https://www.ipcc.ch/2018/10/08/summary-for-policymakers-of-ipcc-special-report-on-global-warming-of-1-5c-approved-by-governments/

[2] https://wwf.panda.org/knowledge_hub/all_publications/living_planet_report_2018/

[3] https://sciencebasedtargets.org/