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Springwatch star answers burning questions about UK’s climate and biodiversity crisis

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Springwatch’s Lucy Hodson, aka Lucy Lapwing, a biodiversity expert and self-proclaimed “nature nerd” has been interested in wildlife since an early age.

The 30-year-old said she grew up feeling “deeply sad” about the way wildlife was treated, something she learned from watching Sir David Attenborough’s documentary.

And she says to this day, she can’t imagine doing anything other than fighting to solve the biodiversity crisis.

After graduating from university, where she studied wildlife conservation, Lucy set out to learn more about the UK’s biodiversity and wildlife.

Here, we ask Lucy the burning questions about the climate crisis and biodiversity.

How do global warming and climate change pose a threat?

Climate change is closely linked to the biodiversity crisis.







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Springwatch’s star answers our burning questions about the climate crisis and biodiversity
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At the same time, human impacts and their activities are causing changes to our atmosphere, our climate, and that are changing weather patterns around the world.

It changes the way our seasons work, it shifts the overall global temperature in a warmer direction, and at the same time, our activity affects a lot of wildlife and nature.

So we’re losing wildlife, everything will go extinct. And we’re also losing a lot of natural wilderness.

If natural greenhouses are already in the atmosphere, why are the anthropogenic emissions so significant?






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Man-made emissions often unlock carbon, mainly carbon dioxide, which is kept in a solid or liquid state.

The very simple explanation is that it has an element that coats the Earth’s atmosphere and causes it to heat up.

It doesn’t cool down quickly so it affects that temperature globally.

How is climate change affecting the planet now?

If you look at things like temperature records, a lot of the hottest years on record were very recent – within the last 10 years. And that is increasing every year.

In the UK our winters are getting milder each year.







Many of the hottest years on record were very recent
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We don’t have a lot of cold snaps, we don’t get a lot of snow and frost and ice, and that’s what you’re seeing around the world. It also affects really complex ecological systems.

You’re getting this reaction across all different types of ecosystems because things are getting out of balance at a much faster rate than our natural systems are used to dealing with.

Are we seeing any changes in the atmosphere especially due to the pandemic?

It is difficult to measure the impact of a pandemic.

It is a very short period of time in which we have changed our behavior and so, although many people have predicted that our emissions have decreased during that time, most drivers the car didn’t start the car for weeks at a time, or took only a very short trip.

People didn’t fly globally on the scale that we used to, and people in general didn’t just consume in the same way.

What if climate change continues? What will the earth be like in 100 years?






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It’s hard to predict. We know that people, especially in the Global South, are much more vulnerable to the effects of climate change more quickly.

Food security will be a big issue. If temperatures change and we see the increase in droughts that we’ve seen, you’ll see changes in food security.

People can’t grow crops easily, and people won’t have reliable agriculture.

People living in areas relatively low above sea level are likely to be affected by sea level rise as the ice caps melt.

And overall mass migration and instability is something that is going to affect mostly people who are struggling across the globe for a number of different reasons and systems, whether you know it, all of them. both really.

In 100 years’ time, it depends on what we’re going to do in the next 10 years.

You’re looking at the total loss and collapse of ecosystems, which is a very scary thing to think about.

It would be a strange world to us right now if we didn’t change things up.

What things we do in our daily lives have the biggest impact on climate change?






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We must feel guilty about the things we eat, the things we wear, the places to go, the things we do.

And although all of our actions cause big problems, if people eat a lot of meat, if people fly a lot, it all adds up and it works.

But what we can all do every day is challenge the system.

Ask the people in power – the power holders, the big corporations, the government – that they enact the change we need to see, because they hold that power and have the capacity to do it. there.

So it’s about dismantling the systems that keep things unequal across groups of people.

Will veganism have a positive impact on climate change?

That is a personal choice. I’m primarily a vegetarian, maybe technically a vegetarian, but I’m vegan most days.

And it’s a personal choice, because it’s something that just in my head can make me feel like I have a little bit of control over something because of the whole climate change issue and the crisis. biodiversity, that’s what makes you feel like you don’t have control – because you don’t.

We know that people across the globe need to change their meat-rich diets for the better of our health. To put it bluntly, industrialized agriculture is just a bad thing.

What’s wrong with what the UK is doing at the moment?

We are considered a global leader in business and industry and monetization. We have an entire economy based on consumption, shopping, shopping, retail, that sort of thing.

In terms of agriculture, we are one of the most cultivated countries in the world.

We’ve been farming really, really hard in a way that damages a lot of the land. We have some of the least biodiverse regions in the world. I grew up in the UK, where there is almost no wildlife. It’s a very damaged place to live.

We promote and support very large industries related to tourism and that sort of thing. And we continue to do that.







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So despite some promises from the government that things will change and things will improve, on the other hand, they will support other industries that are having problems.

So things continue to discharge. We’ve seen people consider opening new coal mines or mining new ones, people starting to consider investing in new forms of fossil fuels while also saying we’re in a state of emergency. climate. Two things do not marry each other.

Are the predictions reliable? How can we be sure how long we have to tackle climate change?

While these predictions are helpful and it could be something that can frighten and frighten governments into taking action, I don’t think we should wait like a human for the last minutes.

I think we should act like we don’t have time, we act like we’re a little too late. And try to do everything possible to fix it.

Can you explain how the climate crisis and biodiversity loss are tied together?






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Very, very complicated. The climate crisis is one where our use of fossil fuels is changing climate and weather patterns around the globe.

The biodiversity crisis is the mass loss of nature and wild species and places.

We are in what is being described by some as a mass extinction event at the moment, similar to those that brought down the dinosaurs. It is at the rate that we are losing wildlife.

And it all has to do with our consumption as a species.

If you think we are consuming fossil fuel – we are using it to travel, we are consuming it for food. We’re using it to craft and manufacture everything.

It is completely similar to nature. We are depleting and destroying nature by consuming land for agriculture, by consuming resources such as wood for making things, by exploiting large areas of land for all our needs.

Do you have any advice or coping mechanisms for young people if it’s all a bit overwhelming?






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Be confident knowing that you are fighting for a better world, you want to change things.

Be kind to everyone. We are all forced to live in this system.

None of us have a choice. It was forced on us. We have to be active in it and you can just do what you can to live in it and still remember to try and have fun.

I still try to see amazing wildlife all the time. I try to have a really good experience because you are only here for a very short time.

You can only do what you can..

  • Follow Lucy on Instagram and Twitter and listen to her on Spring Sign on BBC Radio 3, every Sunday at 7.45 am

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