Yes Plants Can!

Hard fern

We believe in the power of plants to help fight climate change

With the UN warning that we have just twelve years to limit global warming to 1.5C, there has never been a more urgent time to act to halt climate change.

Plants could account for a third of the actions needed by 2050 under the UK Climate Change Act, yet they make up just 7% of public discussion.

This continuing imbalance means we’re ignoring a powerful part of the solution. A part that is readily available, low-cost and could benefit the lives of millions of people in Britain.

Seventh Generation – the eco-friendly household cleaning company – and Plantlife are fighting to get plants back on the climate-change agenda

Sign the petition today and join the fight to put plants back on the climate change agenda

Restoring 500,000 hectares of species rich habitat would absorb the equivalent emissions of every registered vehicle in the UK

Prof. Mark Maslin author of "Yes Plants Can: The Power of Plants to Deal with Climate Change"
Maiden Pink

We’re calling on the Government to ACT now to deliver on its promises

In their 25-Year Environment Plan, the Government promised to restore or create 500,000 hectares of species-rich habitat for the next generation. Whilst we welcome this commitment, the Government is yet to provide any details of their plans to achieve this goal.

As the Government prepares its upcoming Environment Bill, Seventh Generation and Plantlife are calling on it to ACT to deliver on its promise to replenish 500,000 hectares of plants for the next generation.

Specifically, we are asking for: Action, Capital and Targets:

1. Action

We are calling for a clear plan detailing the types of habitats that will be restored - with a focus on habitats with a high carbon storage potential such as peatland, woodland and grassland - plus the key areas across the UK, and an action plan to get us there by 2043.

2. Capital

Plant-based solutions are readily available, cost-effective and have multiple benefits to the communities who enjoy them. But they won’t happen without investment, so we are asking the Government to provide a clear commitment of funding to move us from talking to action.

3. Targets

We are asking for the Government to commit to four interim targets to ensure they stay on track:

→ 2023 – a minimum of 100,000 hectares replenished
2028 – a minimum of 200,000 hectares replenished
2032 – a minimum of 300,000 hectares replenished
2037 – a minimum of 400,000 hectares replenished
2043 – a minimum of 500,000 hectares replenished

Restoring just one hectare of land would offset the yearly emissions from 30 London buses

Prof. Mark Maslin author of "Yes Plants Can: The Power of Plants to Deal with Climate Change"

This is just the start of the journey

Together, we can make a difference. Check out some simple actions you can take at home to help reduce your carbon footprint:

  1. Avoid using peat – choose peat-free compost and plants which aren’t grown in peat
  2. Travel smarter – get back to nature by walking or cycling for shorter journeys and consider public transport for longer trips
  3. Go native - help wildlife cope with climate change by gardening with native plants
  4. Ditch the plastic - encourage businesses to re-use plant-based or recycled packaging
  5. Eat local – choose locally-produced food where possible
  6. Increase intake of plant-based foods – reducing your intake of meat and dairy could reduce carbon emissions
  7. Read the label – and avoid petrol based products. Seventh Generation clearly labels all the ingredients of its products and believes in full transparency