The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), published on Monday, establishes an unequivocal link between humanity and climate change. Unless we act now to significantly cut carbon emissions, we will face catastrophic weather events.

All is not lost. The science shows that reducing carbon emissions and reaching global emissions targets will make a positive difference. However, it is not possible to achieve the Government’s legal requirement for net zero carbon emissions by 2050 without changing the way that we farm.

Swapping industrialised agriculture for wildlife-aware farming will reverse the decline in British wildlife. The Countryside Restoration Trust (CRT) supports and encourages its tenant farmers across its 18 properties to use sustainable farming methods wherever possible, because we know these practices positively benefit the environment and ultimately, humankind. Sustainable farming practices are effective: our data shows that wildlife can and does return where farming methods change.

We must build on the rallying call of this report, and the UK’s leading role at the forthcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow in November, to repair and restore the countryside for people and the environment.