In honor of Earth Day on Friday, this week’s Wetland Wednesday fun fact highlights:
How do wetlands help the Earth?
The Earth’s ecosystem is a unified community working to sustain health through natural processes. Wetlands help reduce the impacts from storm damage and flooding, maintain good water quality for all living organisms, recharge groundwater, store carbon, help stabilize climatic conditions, and house a great abundance of biodiversity.
Wetlands cover about 9% of the Earth’s surface and are estimated to contain around 35% of global terrestrial carbon.
Maintenance and restoration of wetlands is critical to preserve Earth’s carbon supply to balance climatic condition and continue to provide a livable environment.