British Columbia’s coastal forests store huge amounts of living and dead carbon – in fact, together with the world’s other temperate rainforests, they store the largest amounts of carbon per hectare on the planet. Protecting these powerful carbon sinks is one of the most effective ways to reduce global carbon emissions while providing many additional benefits – like flood management, fresh water, and salmon and wildlife habitat.
Globally, natural climate solutions are an essential solution to climate change. In addition to forest conservation, solutions include reforestation, protecting and restoring wetlands and peatlands, and conservation agriculture. Together, these solutions can deliver a third of the global emissions reductions needed by 2030. These solutions store so much carbon, they are the equivalent of stopping burning oil globally!