Today on World Habitat Day (4th October) Ulster Wildlife and Power NI reveal a new two-year partnership with the energy supplier pledging its support to Ulster Wildlife’s peatlands protection projects. In addition to financial support Power NI will also help the charity raise public awareness about environmental sustainability.
For decades, Ulster Wildlife has been working on the ground, across Northern Ireland, to champion nature and protect the environment. The local charity protects and restores important habitats that lock carbon safely away and help combat the effects of climate change.
Jennifer Fulton, CEO Ulster Wildlife, says: “In response to the climate crisis, Ulster Wildlife is stepping up its work to restore vital habitats using nature based solutions at a landscape scale, including developing and implementing restoration and management plans for a range of peatland sites across Northern Ireland.
“Peatlands cover about 18% of Northern Ireland, more than double the area under trees, and store huge amounts of carbon. Healthy bogs not only help us address climate change, they contribute to clean and drinkable water and help alleviate flood risk too.
“Ulster Wildlife believes that wildlife and wild places are not only valuable for their own sake – a healthy, wildlife-rich, natural world is vital for our well-being and survival too. The challenges of climate change and the accelerated decline of nature mean that we must work together to restore our natural world before it’s too late.
“We are thrilled to be working in partnership with Power NI over the next two years and together we will be restoring these precious habitats to help us reduce peatland carbon emissions, improve the habitat and boost their biodiversity. We are excited to be working together for a greener future!
William Steele, Power NI’s Director of Customer Solutions comments: “We’re delighted to partner with Ulster Wildlife and support the fantastic work they are doing to protect Northern Ireland’s peatlands and mitigate climate change.
“As Northern Ireland’s leading energy supplier, and a proud Business Action on Climate champion, we are committed to powering NI’s homes, farms and businesses for generations to come. At Power NI, and at Energia Group, we are generating sustainable energy that is better for our planet and innovating with the latest green products and technologies, transforming the way our customers choose and use energy to have a positive impact on the environment.”
“The theme for this year’s World Habitat Day is ‘Accelerating urban action for a carbon-free world’ and the future of our planet depends on governments, organisations, communities and the business sector all working together to create sustainable, carbon-neutral, inclusive regions. We urge other businesses to get involved by switching to 100% renewable electricity, supporting carbon-offsetting projects and signing the Climate Action Pledge with Business in the Community NI so together we can take action on the climate emergency.