Target: Joseph Kabila, President of Democratic Republic of the Congo
Goal: Ensure 30 billion tons of carbon remains in Central African Peat Land.
A peat bog the size of England, discovered in Central Africa, is supposed to hold almost 30 billion tons of carbon, the equivalent of about three years of global emissions. This information was recently released by scientists. If this peat bog becomes drained, or dried up from drought, it would release huge amounts of greenhouse gases into our atmosphere.
According to the scientists, the number one priority is to keep the peat lands where they are, and not to disrupt them in any way. However, peat is commonly dried, cut into bricks and use for burning. These lands are also too often cleared of the peat, and used for agriculture or animal grazing. If this bog is not protected, it stands to release years’ worth of carbon emissions into the atmosphere, which could contribute catastrophically to global climate change.
As agriculture and industry continue to expand across the African continent, greater and greater strains are placed on the land. With continuing industry and investment in countries like the Democratic Republic of the Congo, peats bogs like this one could readily be sacrificed to increase space for crops and in turn increase profits.
The bog is threatened not only by agriculture, but also by drought occurring in the area. If there is not enough rain to keep the swamp wet and healthy, it will dry up and release its carbon into the atmosphere. We must make sure that this ecosystem is protected from climate change effects as well as human tampering. Sign this petition to ensure the peat remains undisturbed, and is not utilized for financial gain.
Dear President Kabila,
A massive peat bog found in central Africa contains over 30 billion tons of carbon. In the past it has been common practice for these peat bogs to be cleared in order to create space for agriculture or grazing land for livestock. However, clearing the bogs releases a massive amount of the carbon held within the peat, contributing significantly to the buildup of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere.
The other threat to the bog is simply drying up. The carbon will be released if drought cause the peat bog to lose its water content. The bog needs to be protected so that the carbon stays contained, and not released into our atmosphere. I urge you to use your power to ensure this peat bog remains untampered with, and its 30 billion tons of carbon remain safely sequestered.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: David Gruar