Globally and nationally the response to addressing climate change has not been adequate. Global warming reached 1°C in 2017, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assesses that it is likely to reach 1.5°C between 2030 and 2052 if it continues to increase at the current rate.
Climate change is therefore a universal pressure on and threat to the Lake District, its environment, economy and communities. Urgent actions to reduce carbon emissions are required. The impacts of climate change are evident now and will impact all aspects of the Lake District.
Increasing our focus on adapting to a changing climate and increasing the resilience of the Lake District, particularly around water resources management, is a pressing need. The UK Government passed laws in 2019 to end its contribution to global warming by 2050. This means the UK will be required to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.
Other transformational actions that deliver climate action can be found in the other Outcome sections too. A number of additional actions we aim to deliver are identified in the list showing how we will deliver the Sustainable Development Goals through Climate Action.
Details of the Net Zero ‘gap’ can be found in the background information for the climate action key challenge.
More information can be found in the research framework such as developing carbon budgets for land management in the Forestry, Farming, Nature and Climate section.
This challenge does not operate in isolation, you may also be interested the four other key challenges: