Are my houseplants a climate menace?

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Let’s talk about peat 

Hi Paov,

We’ve all spent more time in our homes than we would’ve liked this last year. If you’re anything like me, having a house full of lush green leaves has made it a little more bearable.

So I was upset to find out my potting soil is actually pretty awful for the climate.

That’s because almost any soil you buy at hardware stores and garden centres contains peat moss, strip-mined from the boreal forest in northern Canada. Peat mining involves draining a wetland and scooping up the vegetation inside. But the moment it dries out, it starts releasing all the carbon it has stored for ten thousand years.

Peat mining has flown under the radar because nobody accounts for its full climate impacts. Can you help change that by signing our petition to the federal minister of environment and climate change?

SIGN NOW Peat is so carbon-rich that three per cent of the Earth's surface stores 30 per cent of carbon on land! Peat bogs are a really big deal! Provinces with peat mining don’t have the environmental laws necessary to properly assess their carbon pollution. But all the research suggests an enormous impact on the global climate. We need the federal government to step up and review the climate impacts of all proposals for new peat mines.

Minister of Environment and Climate Change Jonathan Wilkinson has the power to order the Impact Assessment Agency to review any project with adverse effects and public concern. Let’s show him we want him to take charge on peat.

Houseplants can live without peat but our climate can’t. For the climate,
Peter McCartney
Climate Campaigner
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