Froglife shares the frustration of many of our supporters that World Leaders did not set binding targets to keep global temperature rises below 1.5 degrees at COP26. We keep saying it is time to stop talking and to take action, yet once again World Leaders failed to do this. Reptiles and amphibians are disproportionately impacted by climate change and global warming. Here we are in November, approaching winter in the UK, and due to the mild weather, we are still receiving reports of amphibians spawning. They should be hibernating and as they are not they will not have stored sufficient energy for the effort of spawning next spring. We cannot reach the 1.5 degrees unless we address the many other elements that are having a negative impact on climate such as coal mining.
Our leaders may have let us down and not taken negotiations far enough but so many more people are now on board and we have to take this movement further to push our governments to do more.
We want to reassure all of our supporters that Froglife will continue with the battle to conserve the UKs reptile and amphibian species. We will, through our extensive programme of habitat works, continue to create and restore vital habitats for the species that we represent. We will continue our work in engaging with wide ranging audiences in order to ensure that as many people as possible can help us with this battle.
We appreciate the huge support that we got from our supporters leading up to and during COP26 and we will harness this support. We want to thank all of those who sent in their messages to world leaders. We are pleased with the outcome from the stand that we had in the green zone at COP26, where we certainly raised awareness of the importance of smaller freshwater habitats (ponds, ditches, small lakes and lochs). We are thrilled to have heard from so many people who took direct action by building ponds and improving habitats to help our reptiles and amphibians.
We are better together and if COP26 highlighted one thing it is the global concern about climate change and urgency to stop the destruction of our world. We cannot wait any longer for the 1.5 degrees target to be reached. We must collectively continue to ensure that we reach this target.