The story of the Broads National Park is inherently linked to our changing climate. The easterly, low-lying and coastal nature of the Broads landscape makes it particularly vulnerable to the predicted impacts of climate change and sea level rise, including coastal and river flooding.
At the same time, our wetland landscape has been steadily sequestering carbon since the end of the last ice age, and now stores some 39,000,000 tonnes of CO2. In context, that is more CO2 than was released by all coal-burning power plants in the UK in the last year.
We need to plan now for the changes ahead, such as wetter winters, drier and hotter summers, and more frequent extreme events like storms and heavy rainfall, to lessen negative impacts and make the best use of positive opportunities.
To support the communities in the Broads to adapt to the risks posed by climate change, in particular flooding risk driven by rising sea levels, the Broadland Futures Initiative.
For more information, please visit our Broadland Futures Initiative page.
We are committed to making the Broads National Park into a Zero Carbon area. This will begin with the Broads Authority setting its own target to be carbon neutral by 2030, and we will work with the wider Broads Community to set a target for the Broads Area.
The Broads Authority adopted a climate statement on 27 September 2019:
"Humans have already caused irreversible climate change, the impacts of which are being felt around the world. The consequences of global temperature rising above 1.5°C are so severe that preventing this from happening must be humanity’s number one priority.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C told us that limiting global warming to 1.5°C may still be possible with ambitious action from national authorities, civil society, the private sector and local communities. It is imperative that all countries work together to reduce our carbon equivalent emissions from the current 6.5 tonnes per person per year to less than 2 tonnes as soon as possible.
Individuals cannot be expected to make this reduction on their own. All government bodies (national, regional and local) have a duty to limit the negative impacts of climate breakdown, and local governments that recognise this should not wait for their national governments to change their policies.
Therefore, this Authority resolves to:
Visit the Cutting the Broads’ Carbon Footprint page to find out more.