Time to adapt

Climate change is a real threat to Wiltshire’s wildlife and providing safe havens such as nature reserves could help some of our more vulnerable species survive.

Most animals and plants have evolved to live in areas with very specific climate conditions, such as temperature and rainfall. Any changes in these conditions can affect the wildlife, and even the makeup of whole ecosystems. For example, climate change can alter the life cycles of plants and animals. As temperatures get warmer, plants grow and bloom earlier in the spring. Some animals wake up from hibernation sooner or migrate at different times, or even move to cooler climates all together.

There is very strong scientific evidence that human activity creates greenhouse gases. These build up in the atmosphere and trap the sun’s heat, causing weather patterns to change around the world. Globally, the impacts on people are already devastating. Depending on where you live, the climate is getting hotter, wetter, drier or windier, which affects availability of water and food.

Our climate is changing faster than some plants and animals can adapt.

We are using up our natural resources faster than they can be replenished. Here in Wiltshire, we consume an average of three planets worth of resources each year. This is simply not sustainable.

The challenge is finding solutions that work for everyone. It begins with our local commitment to help change thinking and behaviour, support wildlife and people in Wiltshire and stimulate positive action. We believe that the respect and care of nature is at the heart of true sustainability. The world of nature is an essential part of what makes life worth living and we depend upon it as our life support system.

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