Peatlands are critical in the fight against climate emergency. They cover only 3% of the world’s land, but hold 30% of our carbon – twice as much as the world’s forests. If peatlands continue to be damaged, carbon will be released into the atmosphere in catastrophic quantities.
Researchers at the University of St Andrews are trying to ensure peatlands are safeguarded for the future of our planet. But what can we do to help?
Be part of the solution.
Become a supporter of charities involved in peatland restoration like the RSPB and Scottish Wildlife Trust.
Take a day trip to a local Peatland such as Bankhead Moss, near Peat Inn, Fife.
Learn more about peatlands while you’re there!
- Buy peat free compost or ask your garden centre to stock it.
- For Peat’s Sake! is a brand of peat free compost you can purchase.
- Better still, you could make your own compost.
Palm oil and its derivatives are found in many products we use every day. However, palm oil is sourced from plantations on degraded tropical peatlands.
There is no worldwide approved palm oil free certification, though independent certifications like the Palm Oil Certification Trademark Process (POFCAP) can indicate that a product has no palm oil or derivatives in it.
Your voice is an important resource in the fight against the degradation of peatlands.
Share the message on social media. Tag us with the hashtag #ForPeatlandsSake.
Have a look at the video below, which explores sustainable palm fruit harvesting in Peru.