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Ever wondered how you can help fight climate change? Find out more about what you can do below.

Act for wildlife and biodiversity

More of us are moving into urban areas and this puts a lot of pressure on our existing green spaces which are crucial for supporting wildlife. Disrupting or damaging local green spaces can prevent wildlife from absorbing carbon effectively, making our fight against climate change even harder.

It’s also bad news for the pollinators that help plants reproduce. Over the last 30 years, more than 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered due to a loss of habitat, our use of pesticides, climate change and the way we grow and source natural resources. Without pollinators such as bees and butterflies, crops including apples, soft fruits, beans, courgettes, tomatoes and strawberries would be harder to grow and more expensive to buy.

Green urban areas have also been proven to make us feel good - recent research by Defra shows that living near to green spaces significantly improves mental wellbeing. It’s therefore important that we look after natural habitats to give wildlife a helping hand and for our health and wellbeing too.

Visit the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust website to get involved with campaigns and activities to support the wildlife in our local area.

Page updated: 08/09/2021 Page updated by: Gloucestershire County Council

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