Peatlands are an archive of the Earth’s past,
support the environment and communities in the present,
and their preservation is central to the future health of the planet and its people.
Peatlands hold almost 30% of all terrestrial carbon – twice as much as all the world’s forests. Their care is integral to climate change mitigation.
In both Peru and Scotland, peatlands are part of the culture of local people. As peatlands are lost, so is the culture that exists around them.
The perception of peatlands as wastelands has led to the mismanagement of areas which, instead, are key in supporting people and the environment.
The biggest store of the world’s carbon is not above ground in trees – it is below the ground in peatlands.
Come visit us at the Wardlaw Museum to delve into peatlands’ biodiversity, experience the world that Scottish and Peruvian communities live in, and find out more about the role you can take in preserving them.
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Visit us every day at the Wardlaw Museum.
Take part in one of our free events.