Using peat-based compost contributes to the destruction of wildlife habitats and the release of vast amounts of greenhouse gases. Profit, convenience & ignorance; it is the story of Climate Breakdown.
The peat extraction industry is a microcosm of the wider Climate Emergency. Using peat-bsed compost and plants contributes to the creation of greenhouse gases and the destruction of wildlife habitats.
So, why do we do it?
Profit, convenience & ignorance.
- The peat industry is worth a lot of money, and they won’t change unless we, the public, demand the change from our governments, publicise the change and alter our buying habits.
- Peat, which is essentially unripe coal, is easy to extract and transport on an industrial scale.
- Most people don’t know that peat-based compost is very bad for the environment. There is no financial incentive to publicise the fact.
You are not powerless. You can change things:
- Use PeatFree compost (see www.peatfree.org.uk for suggestions & information).
- Only buy plants from nurseries that use peat-free compost. Ask them.
- Sign the UK PeatFree petition: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/263362
- Spread the word. Then spread it some more.