What is Blue Carbon?

Updated: Oct 23, 2021

It is very common to read and hear about carbon stored in plants, trees and soil, also known as Green Carbon. Green Carbon plays a vital part of the global carbon cycle, but have you spent much time learning about Blue Carbon?

Blue Carbon is the term for carbon captured by the world's ocean and coastal ecosystems such as mangrove forests, kelp & seaweed forests, seagrass and salt marshes.

Coastal ecosystems sequester away large amounts of carbon – they can sequester up to 10-20 times more carbon per acre than land forests! Mangroves (like the mangrove forests we replanted with SeaTrees for our launch event) and kelp forests along coast lines "capture and hold" carbon, acting as carbon sinks. Terrestrial forests store most of their carbon in their biomass (branches, roots, and leaves), while blue carbon ecosystems store most of their carbon in their soils. These coastal systems are much smaller in size than the planet's forests, but sequester carbon at a much faster rate - meaning that protecting and restoring coastal habitats is a good way to reduce climate damage.

Blue carbon ecosystems not only prevent climate change, they also protect coastal communities from its harmful impacts, such as rising seas and flooding, and provide important habitats for marine life. However these important habitats are being lost at a rate 5-10 times higher than the rainforests.

Mother Earth has her own solutions for combating the climate crisis and we must start applying her technology and power to reverse the damage. If you can’t see it already - the ocean and trees are Mother Earth’s technologies!

We have a project coming up soon that is both beautiful and fun way to raise funds for planting kelp forests, stay tuned 🌿🌊🐚🤿💙

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