Adaptation, Resilience and Nature Day

Adapt, Survive, Thrive: Local Initiatives With Global Impact


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There is a need to develop a strategic response to climate change through a variety of mechanisms suited to our national circumstances. These include national adaptation strategies and local-level initiatives, such as adaptation plans. The challenge is to translate planning into successful implementation, building on examples of good practices that have emerged to build resilience to flooding, housing, utilities infrastructure, as well as building our energy and power resilience for the future.

Managing the environment better and restoring natural habitats and processes can help to protect people from the effects of climate change. Nature can contribute to climate mitigation with conservation, restoration, and/or improved land management actions that increase carbon storage and/or avoid greenhouse gas emissions across global forests, wetlands, grasslands, and agricultural lands.

Lee Pitcher hosted the event and presented the global blueprint for water resilience, with specific reference to the ‘Living with Water’ partnership and connections to other global estuarial cities.

Joe Wilkins discussed UK Youth for Nature campaigns and their role as the youth voice fighting for the UK’s nature and wildlife, including their input into the forthcoming COP26, influencing Government, and which organisations and individuals they work with to provide a platform for young people to speak up and be heard.

Pip Betts gave an insight into how we can improve the flood resilience of our places and communities. As flood events become more frequent and severe, we will need to complement large scale engineered flood defences with smaller nature based solutions, green infrastructure and property level resilience. There is critical role for Humber based SMEs to play in creating flood resilience solutions for local, national and global markets.

Nick Voase shared his family’s fascinating diversification story from growing potatoes to industrial hemp and the thousands of uses of hemp including how hemp can be an ecological wonder-plant for UK farming. As a trial participant and at the forefront of hemp growing and product innovation in the UK, Nick will explore the potential to capture carbon in the future.

Richard Harris outlined Drax’s ambition to partner with British farmers to scale up the production of dedicated energy crops. These energy crops would be used by Drax to power its pioneering carbon capture and storage project that would remove millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Increased production of energy crops would also have a number of benefits, in terms of climate change mitigation and diversifying Drax’s fuel supply.

Lee Pitcher: “We need to see the fastest level of accelerated change in history. It is a time where we’re going to define our future state.”

“Managing environment better and restoring our habitats can help to protect people from climate change. We’ve got a real opportunity here with forests, agricultural lands and wetland to have a global impact.”

Richard Harris: “We’re now moving beyond the piloting state of BECs – this technology allowed us to announce a world leading ambition to be carbon negative by 2030.”

“I can’t overstate the importance of BECCS in helping the UK to reach its net zero targets.”

“We can’t and we don’t want to do this alone.”

“We’re exploring the use of UK energy crops in more detail. We’re keen to take a lead and act as a catalyst to the sector, investigate and share its answers.”

“We’ll be engaging along the complete supply chain, we’re not the only player in town and we don’t want to be. This is a sector that needs to rise and supply a number of different markets – there’s great potential there.”

Pip Betts: “SMEs have a lack of capacity and time when it comes to growth strategies. This is an appeal to those that are forward-looking to say this change is coming. We’re going to have to start doing things at a more micro level when it comes to their flood risk.”

Joe Wilkins: “There are no natural kingdom wild walls in the Humber region just yet, so if anyone has a wall they would like painting or anyone would like to paint one – please reach out. We’re looking to engage people with their local wildlife and COP26 with a QR code they can scan.”

“We're keen for young people to join our movement and chat about any campaigns you may be interested in. We’re severely lacking in Northern England representation, if you’re in the Humber and you’re interested – get in touch.”

Lee Pitcher: “The Humber is at the second biggest risk of catastrophic risk of flooding in the country. 20% of the UK’s water is drained through our region.”

“If you’re flooded and you’ve lost your home, you don’t care whether it’s the local authority, Yorkshire Water, or anybody else, you just want someone to help – this is where the Living With Water partnership comes in.”

“This is just the beginning and it’s about sustainability for future generations, we invite you to be a part of it.”

Nick Voase: “We supply hemp for hempcrete, a breathable insulating product that improves your internal environment and makes it a comfortable living space. I grew my own house – the house I grew up in had been treated badly, we knocked it down and built a brand new hempcrete house.

“The fibre has been made into loft insulation, it’s exactly the same in thermal efficiency as ordinary loft insulation – a high embodied carbon product. All our waste from the hemp farm is also briquetted and sold as a fuel.”


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