Craig Bennett: Restoring our wetlands will help win climate battle. For too long too many people, not least some environmental campaigners, have talked about the climate and ecological crises as if they are separate issues. I’ve even had some people argue with me that one is more important than the other. It’s nonsense. The truth is that runaway climate change and ecosystem collapse are both symptoms of humanity’s failure to respect environmental limits. The two are inextricably linked. We have no hope of stopping climate change unless we can restore the abundance of nature. And we have no hope of stopping the crisis in biodiversity unless we tackle climate change and — more to the point — the root causes of both. Of course, to achieve net-zero emissions (removing as many carbon emissions as we produce) we need to stop burning fossil fuels, power our world on renewable energy, promote energy efficiency, decarbonise transport and so on. But we also need to let nature help.
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