COP25 – British farming leading the way

An image of Richard Bower in front of a corn field

NFU Staffordshire county chairman Richard Bower relays his experience of COP25 and explains how agriculture has a powerful, positive role to play in the fight against climate change. 

I’m at COP25 as part of my role as a member of the WFO’s (World Farmers' Organisation) Gymnasium 30-month programme. Being part of the programme for the last few years has been a huge privilege and has given me the opportunity to attend events like COP25 and represent not just British farmers, but farming as a whole.

With climate change dominating the global media agenda it’s vital that farming has a strong voice at events like COP25 so the positive role agriculture can play in finding solutions to the climate change challenge is recognised and incorporated into future policy.

Farmers are classed as an important constituency at COP25. The WFO unites us and provides an important platform for the industry under its Climakers initiative – created to allow farmers to drive the climate change agenda through practical, farmer-led, science-based solutions.

A global conversation

It’s fantastic to be able to come to events like this and experience them first-hand. It’s also great to be able to explain how British farming is taking a leading role in finding solutions to climate change through its aspiration to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040.

As a livestock farmer, it’s also a great platform to talk to people about the efficiency and sustainability of British livestock farming.

Getting the chance to talk to farmers from across the world about the challenges and opportunities climate change poses for them, and the work they are doing to deal with these situations, helps improve our understanding of the global situation and allows us to learn about other steps we might be able to take to mitigate our impact on the climate.

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