Rural communities are at the frontline of feeling the effects of climate change. More extreme weather brings longer droughts and wetter winters. Our national interest is damaged when our food production is damaged. And for the two thirds of people who live outside the largest urban areas, climate change brings hardship to our villages and towns.

But rural communities we can also be at the forefront of climate action too. The countryside offers far more than a place to plant millions of trees to offset carbon emissions from elsewhere. To meet the UK’s goal of becoming Net Zero by 2050, rural communities will need to be active participants in finding solutions and taking action.

The network

The Countryside Climate Network is made up of ambitious local leaders from predominantly rural Councils. As members of UK100, the Countryside Climate Network feeds the rural voice into our national policy advocacy, bringing the best from cities and the countryside together.

Members of the Countryside Climate Network are taking action to achieve Net Zero for their communities. They are also taking action to improve the resilience of their communities to the impacts of climate change that are with us today.

We currently have 21 members, who represent over 40% of England’s land area. If you want to join then contact us and sign the pledge.