This strand of Gift to Nature is about getting back to the roots of climate change. Our aim is to reduce the Island’s greenhouse gas emissions from the land itself, and ensure the vital natural systems that will offer protection against the effects of climate change are restored. In the last 150 years a third of greenhouse gas emissions have been caused by what we’ve done with the land. That includes deforestation, draining wetlands, destruction of peat bogs, over-cultivation of farmland, and inappropriate use of nitrogen fertilisers. We are asking Island businesses to help us put some of that right, by protecting habitats such as woodland and wetland, planting fruit and nut trees (which will also reduce food miles) and helping people to appreciate the importance of conserving their soil and the organic matter in the soil. All of these help to store carbon in more stable forms – in vegetation above and below ground, and in the organic matter in wetlands and in soil. Examples of our Island Climate Care projects are shown below.
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Our Island Climate Care Projects: