Healthy peat bogs lock away more carbon than they release
Turn the negative into POSITIVES! You can make a positive contribution to the natural environment.
Even though it’s not always easy to reduce – you can still make a positive contribution to the natural environment by supporting Cumbria Wildlife Trust. Whilst it won’t off-set the damage that flying and other lifestyle choices cause – it does make a positive difference and it helps.
When you make a donation to Cumbria Wildlife Trust – you will directly help to improve and maintain the quality of the habitat in Cumbria. In turn, this provides a place for nature and for wildlife and will increase biodiversity. A hugely important thing for you to do.
Peat bogs and wetlands – stores of carbon
Drumburgh Moss, Foulshaw Moss and Meathop Moss Nature Reserves are examples of important peat bogs and raised mires.
Not only do healthy peat bogs lock away more carbon than they release – like a sponge, they also soak up rainfall slowing the flow off the hills which in turn prevents flooding further down the line.
So you can see just how important it is to keep our peat bogs healthy – not just for biodiversity, but to protect our homes and our planet too.
Your gift will help by improving and protecting vital habitats such as peat bogs.
John Peatfield chooses to make a donation to Cumbria Wildlife Trust each year to mitigate his environmental footprint. When asked why John said “Although I try to live with respect to eco-compatibility ideals… I am very conscious of my carbon footprint. In some ways it feels like a 'carbon-guilt!!’.
Since 2009 I have made bi-annual donations equivalent to my footprint to Cumbria Wildlife Trust to be used to assist them lock some carbon in through various projects. This year Michelle and I agreed this would have an educational element by helping to purchase the Foulshaw Osprey cam.
Please think about your carbon footprint then act generously and positively for our shared wildlife and the planet!!”
Why peat is a good carbon store:
The peat on these nature reserves was formed over thousands of years. As the mosses and other plants grew, they absorbed carbon. When the plants died, they sank into the water and, along with the carbon they locked away, are now preserved.
Places you could look for guidance on how to reduce your emissions include:
- Shrink That Footprint
- Energy Saving Trust – they provide free advice on reducing carbon emissions in your home
- Green Traveller – gives advice on low-impact travelling
Read more about the importance of peat and how it was formed:
- Bogology The science of peatlands and climate change
- Gardeners should end their love affair with peat Article on The Guardian website
- Deforestation and the destruction of areas of peat Information on the BBC's website