Rabaska in Kenauk, QC (Photo by Martin Beaulieu)

Rabaska in Kenauk, QC (Photo by Martin Beaulieu)

Sustainable Development Goal 13 – Climate Action

Kenauk, QC (Photo by Kenauk Nature)

Kenauk, QC (Photo by Kenauk Nature)

Established in 2012, the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) address global challenges related to the environment, health and equality, creating a blueprint for a better world. The Nature Conservancy of Canada is helping, through our projects, to reach five of the SDGs.

Natural environments are not only home to stunningly beautiful species, they also store large quantities of greenhouse gases.

Forests, peatlands and other types of environments absorb and retain carbon dioxide, helping to limit global warming.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimates that natural systems around the world absorb about 29 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions from human activities. Conserving these environments is, therefore, one of the most efficient strategies to combat climate change.

These natural systems are already in place, require little maintenance, provide this essential service at a low cost and offer a variety of other benefits as well.

The areas protected by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) in Quebec absorb close to 50,000 tons of carbon dioxide each year, equivalent to the annual emissions of roughly 12,500 cars.

Did you know?

Peatlands are amazing carbon sinks, storing one-third of all carbon on the planet!

In Quebec, NCC protects several exceptional peatlands, including:

How to help

To help protect Quebec’s natural environments, click here.

 

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