Paul Cook, Head of Advocacy at Tearfund, said:
“This report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has shown us that radical change is needed in the way that we produce food and manage land if we are to tackle climate change. We need to see an end to the reliance on fossil fuels as we shift to a cleaner, renewable existence and we need governments and businesses to respond in recognition of the urgency we face if we are to meet the 1.5°C goal of the Paris Agreement.
“We can improve how we manage our land by stopping mass deforestation; restoring precious ecosystems like peatlands and wetlands that store carbon; changing our diet to be more plant based; reducing food waste; and supporting agriculture that conserves soil and water while building resilient food sources and incomes.
“The climate crisis is hitting those in poverty the hardest and the way we continue to use land will be integral to halting this worldwide catastrophe.”