7 Places Where Nature Helps Fight Climate Change – The Pew Charitable Trusts

by | Sep 20, 2022 | Climate Change

For humankind to meaningfully address climate change we must drastically reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. But we also must do more, including leveraging the power of nature to sequester and store carbon and maintain healthy, climate-resilient ecosystems. These nature-based solutions—which include protecting and restoring natural shorelines, wetlands, flood plains, and rivers; conserving peatlands; and much more—have been shown to blunt the effects of climate change and help wildlife and people thrive.
The Pew Charitable Trusts has been advocating for many of these solutions, including through our work protecting and restoring coastal wetlands and supporting carbon farming work in Australia. These solutions reduce emissions by capturing carbon from the atmosphere and sequestering it in plants, soils, and sediments for long time frames. Nature-based solutions also provide a wide range of other important benefits, such as producing cleaner air and water, protecting shorelines from storm surges, and increasing biodiversity.
But nature-based solutions won’t just happen on their own: Policymakers around the world must act to conserve, restore, and manage these areas to ensure the most benefit possible—for people and the natural world. Here are seven examples of nature-based solutions that are already helping to fight climate change. Hopefully leaders around the world can use these as inspiration to take action in their countries, even as they pursue other emissi …

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