Canada's wetlands and their ability to provide climate change solutions demand recognition-and
One important word is missing from the conversation Canadians are having about climate
Wetlands are natural defenders against extreme weather, protecting our communities
and our way of life. February 2nd is World Wetlands Day. It's time to include these
ecosystems in the conversation about our changing environment and make a commitment
to conserve them.
Wetlands store vast amounts of carbon, keeping it from being released into the atmosphere.
They act like natural sponges that absorb water to prevent floods and can help buffer
against drought. They are protective barriers that shield our coastlines from rising
tides and storms. Wetlands do all of this, but largely go unnoticed and continue
to be lost. The science that measures their value, however, speaks for itself.
Canada's wetlands store approximately 150 billion tonnes of carbon. That's equivalent
to the emissions of roughly six billion cars over 20 years. Additionally, when one
acre of wetland is returned to the landscape it stores up to 1,000 cubic metres
of runoff—or about 6,250 bathtubs worth. The benefits wetlands provide are real,
and these vital ecosystems are proving their merit every day.
Now, more than ever, wetlands and their ability to provide climate change solutions
demand recognition—and action.
Dr. Karla Guyn, Chief Executive Officer
Ducks Unlimited Canada