It’s time to take pride in peat

By Maria McGuinness
Ireland is famed for its peat bogs. And rightly so, given that 8% of blanket peat bogs worldwide are located in our small nation. Another thing we are famed for is the exploitation of these peat bogs mainly in the form of turf which is burned and used for energy. What you may not know, however, is that peat when burned as a fossil fuel emits far more greenhouse gases than coal, what is generally perceived to be the major culprit in this climate disaster. Our nations attachment to peat fires has contributed majorly to the current crisis we face. We need to change our relationship with the bogs. Yes, they do hold cultural significance. But we can no longer…
Maria McGuinness
November 27, 2019