what is peat?
Peat is made of preserved, dead plants in bogs. The bog's wet environment means when plants die, they don't breakdown much due to the lack of oxygen underwater needed by creatures that usually help decomposition. Less decomposition results in less carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere. Instead, the harmful CO2 is buried safely underground.
why does peat need saving?
Currently, bogs all over the world are being 'harvested' to remove peat, which is then used in many composts. This process involves draining the land, removing the flora and fauna, and digging up the carbon-storing peat underneath. Not only does this destroy a really important habitat, but it exposes the peat to lots of oxygen from the air. This results in increased decomposition of the preserved organic matter which was previously storing the large amounts of CO2. The increase in decomposition releases the carbon into the atmosphere, contributing to the cause of global warming, excess greenhouse gases.
Peatlands are home to a diverse array of rare organisms which are vital to keeping ecosystems strong and prosperous. Species range from mosses to mammals and everything in between.
Bogs capture huge amounts of CO2, helping to fight our world's emissions crisis. They regulate water systems, minimise flood and drought risk, clean water and can prevent seawater intrusion.
Natural areas such as peatlands greatly contribute to our well-being in many ways, such as improving our physical and mental health through exercise and nature therapy.
YOU CAN HELP
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