PeatFree Climate Emergency

Using peat-based compost contributes to the destruction of wildlife habitats and the release of vast amounts of greenhouse gases. Profit, convenience & ignorance; it is the story of Climate Breakdown.

Massive peat mining field with tiny yellow mining machine
Peat mining is an industrial process

The peat extraction industry is a microcosm of the wider Climate Emergency. Using peat-bsed compost and plants contributes to the creation of greenhouse gases and the destruction of wildlife habitats.

So, why do we do it?

Profit, convenience & ignorance.

  • The peat industry is worth a lot of money, and they won’t change unless we, the public, demand the change from our governments, publicise the change and alter our buying habits.
  • Peat, which is essentially unripe coal, is easy to extract and transport on an industrial scale.
  • Most people don’t know that peat-based compost is very bad for the environment. There is no financial incentive to publicise the fact.

You are not powerless. You can change things:

  1. Use PeatFree compost (see www.peatfree.org.uk for suggestions & information).
  2. Only buy plants from nurseries that use peat-free compost. Ask them.
  3. Sign the UK PeatFree petition: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/263362
  4. Spread the word. Then spread it some more.
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