Angus MP highlights role of Agriculture in Net Zero Challenge

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Angus MP Dave Doogan has pledged to support a net-zero, nature-positive future for UK landscapes where people and nature thrive alongside each other, ahead of WWF’s Earth Hour, one of the world’s largest events to protect the planet.

The rise in the global environmental movement in recent years has shown us just how many people care about our planet. They came together on Saturday 26 March at 8:30pm to switch off. Lights around the world will go out for the hour, from Edinburgh Castle to Buckingham Palace, as well as hundreds of millions of people around the world. 

WWF is calling on politicians to show their commitment to cutting emissions while restoring nature which must be at the heart of tackling the climate crisis. Nowhere is this clearer than in looking at how we use our land. 

Farming and land use sectors are responsible for 12% of the UK’s territorial carbon emissions and are major contributors to the UK’s global environmental footprint. WWF’s recently published Land of Plenty report finds that nature-friendly and regenerative approaches to farming could deliver far greater emissions reductions than previously estimated by the Climate Change Committee. Ahead of Earth Hour’s 15th anniversary, Mr Doogan joined the call by pledging to support UK nature and a net zero future.

Angus MP Dave Doogan commented:

“Here in Angus we are the ‘Garden of Scotland’ and our agricultural sector is second to none. That’s why farmers in Angus and across Scotland are well established in embracing the challenge of greening the industry.

“Farmers here are utilising the latest technology in renewable energy, in applying chemical interventions for plant health and fertilisers and for till depth and other measures to maximise carbon capture and sequestration.

“Our animal welfare standards and greenhouse gas emissions from livestock are amongst the best in the world and consumers’ priority, if it is to eat less meat, should be to cut out the cheap meat produced on the other side of the world and maintain consumption of Scotch Beef, Lamb and Scottish Pork.

“Working with Scottish Government our Farmers are making great strides improving industry emissions and that must continue. Domestic food production must remain a priority however and we need to support Scottish Farmers more than ever in the face of damaging new trade deal post Brexit.”

Katie White, Executive Director of Advocacy & Campaigns said:

“We need to see action now to bring forward comprehensive plans to slash emissions from farming and land use in order to promote the recovery of our one shared home.

“We’re delighted to see MPs from across the UK give their support to Earth Hour and pledge to protect our planet. We hope they will inspire many others in their constituencies and communities to make a promise of their own.” 

How to get involved with Earth Hour:  

WWF is encouraging people to measure their environmental footprint with the online Footprint Calculator and by taking on challenges via the My Footprint app. For those who are keen to step up for the planet but unsure what action to take, the app provides a host of simple but effective actions to help make a difference on a daily basis. The My Footprint app is available from IOS and Android stores for free. Search ‘WWF My Footprint’. 

About Earth Hour:

Earth Hour is one of the world’s largest movements for the planet. It gives us a chance to take a moment in solidarity, coming together to look after each other and our one shared home. 

Now in its 15th year, the annual event is organised by WWF and partners across the world and led by the Earth Hour community. It reminds us that even small actions can make a big difference for nature and the planet. When we make changes in our own lives to reduce our footprint, we inspire those around us to do the same. Together, we are a powerful global movement that governments and businesses can’t ignore. 

Be part of the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #EarthHourUK and the WWF Twitter handle @wwf_uk.

About WWF:

WWF (Worldwide Fund for Nature) is one of the world’s largest independent conservation organisations, active in nearly 100 countries. Supporters of WWF – more than five million of them – are helping to restore nature and to tackle the main causes of nature’s decline, particularly the food system and climate change. WWF are fighting to ensure a world with thriving habitats and species, and to change hearts and minds so it becomes unacceptable to overuse our planet’s resources.

WWF. For your world. 

For wildlife, for people, for nature.

Find out more about WWF’s work, past and present at: wwf.org.uk.