September 9, 2023 Sustainability No Comments

Wetlands are a combination of water and land-related wildlife. There are many types of wetlands: marshes, swamps, bogs, mangroves, and fens. Wetlands support many different organisms, making them an integral part of the biosphere; their range for biodiversity serves many birds that migrate. With their high number of biodiversity comes a need for water control and quality. 

How do wetlands relate to climate change?

Wetlands sequester carbon, reducing greenhouse gases; wetlands’ characteristics make them vital to managing climate change. Wetlands effectively capture carbon dioxide, storing it; however, the tampering of wetlands reduces its ability to sequester carbon.

While storing carbon dioxide, wetlands also emit methane, a greenhouse gas. Still, the proper management of wetlands can incredibly reduce the amount of methane emissions. 

The management of wetlands also aids in flood control, channeling, and absorbing rainfall. Preserving wetlands provides safety for wildlife and humans due to many communities arising to protect and preserve wetlands.

How do wetlands help animals?

Wetlands provide housing for many animals, from birds to amphibians to mammals; along with accommodation, wetlands provide areas for migratory and stationary animals. The habitats provided by wetlands give wildlife security from predators and provide space for nesting and raising offspring. 

Animals that live in wetlands

  • Birds
  • Mammals
  • Fish
  • Amphibians
  • Reptiles
  • Invertebrates
  • Mollusks
  • Crustaceans 
  • Plants
  • Microorganisms 

Wetlands provide safe spaces to settle for many animals, proving their integral part of the biosphere. 

How to protect wetlands?

  1. Limit water usage: Only use water from the tap when necessary; other ways of obtaining water exist.
  2. Decrease pollution: Try buying from smaller, more local businesses, and try using more items that conserve energy and things that use less gasses (bikes over cars)
  3. Recycle: Try to compost and recycle plastic along with other recyclable items. Pick up trash that you see, and join communities focused on recycling.

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Written by ovpadmin