Tom Crowther is an ecologist exploring the connections between biodiversity and climate change. Whilst recognising that reducing the amount of emissions we are releasing into the atmosphere is key to achieving our climate goals, Tom is on a mission to make the case for nature as a vital tool in addressing climate change.
Healthy ecosystems are major carbon sinks, they can contribute to 30% of our climate goals. Protecting and restoring nature is vital to stop runaway biodiversity loss. But investing in nature also gives us tools to sink atmospheric carbon and prevent the further release of stored carbon.
Thriving ecosystems means thriving biodiversity. Thriving biodiversity underpins many of the processes that not only support human wellbeing, but also that remove carbon from the atmosphere. It's a virtuous feedback loop. Healthy nature = increased ecosystem capacity to sink carbon.