What does building a boardwalk have to do with combating climate change? To answer this question, we need to look at the unique ecosystems housed by the Peruvian Amazon: peatlands. Peatlands are dense, swap-like forests that store carbon. In fact, peatlands are so effective that they store twice as much carbon as all of the planet’s forests combined, yet they only cover 3% of the Earth’s surface.
Peatlands could hold many answers to solving climate change, but they’re being destroyed at an alarming rate. Scientists are currently trying to better understand this unique ecosystem and prevent its destruction. There’s just one problem...peatlands are really difficult to walk through! The thick, wet, carbon-rich soil makes getting to a field site very difficult (imagine trekking for hours through knee-high mud!). Your tax-deductible contribution will help us purchase the materials we need to build a boardwalk so that scientists, students, and the general public can access and experience this incredible ecosystem.
Building a boardwalk in the Amazon will help facilitate long-term climate research, promote local and international collaboration, and foster vital educational opportunities for students and the general public to learn about peatland conservation. A boardwalk in our field site will enable researchers to continue studying peatlands in an effort to understand their role in climate change. Providing easy access for local school kids and the general public will encourage environmental stewardship, which is crucial if these peatlands are to be preserved.
With your donation, we can reach our goal of building a boardwalk in the Peruvian Amazon so that researchers can continue studying peatlands and everyone can have access to experience this incredibly unique ecosystem. We welcome you to become a part of a global effort to build this boardwalk!