The goal of turfvrij.nl is to achieve a ban on the use of peat in the Netherlands. This will be a massive milestone in the pursuit of comprehensive global protection of all peat bogs.
Peat-free potting ground
Protected peat bogs
Because it´s possible
What scientists are saying
We extract our richest carbon store directly from the ground and convert it into carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. It is absolute madness and it must stop now! Peat must remain in the ground if we are to fight the climate crisis.
Peatlands cover only 3% of the Earth's surface. In contrast, forests cover 30%. This is ten times more. Everyone knows that forests are important for the climate. But peatlands are even more important because they contain more carbon than the forests. [...] It is important to protect peatlands: for their biodiversity, for the climate and for all the other ecosystem services they provide.
Through photosynthesis, plants extract carbon dioxide from the air and store it as carbon compounds such as carbohydrates. The carbon dioxide is stored as carbon in the peat. Because peat is permanently saturated with water, the carbon is not converted into greenhouse gases. It takes thousands of years to grow these meters of peat layers, but when a peat area is drained, the stored carbon dioxide is released and the process is reversed in just a few years.