World Wetlands Day

February 02, 2019 Pinkey Ngewu

World  Wetlands Day (WWD) on 2 February  is a key environmental day on the calendar.  This global movement was established in 1971 in order to raise awareness about the value of wetlands  for humanity and the planet. World Wetlands Day  was celebrated for the first time in 1997 and has grown remarkably since then. The Theme for 2019 is, "Wetlands and  Climate Change ". Wetlands  are impacted by changes in  temperature,  rainfall , sea level rise and extreme events. Wetlands play an important  role in our approach to climate change mitigation and adaptation,  through  capturing and storing carbon to reduce atmospheric greenhouse gases and providing resilience to hazards such as flooding,  storm surge and  sea level rise . The Dyer Island Conservation Trust's Environmental Education Programme known as  DEEP waa joined by  Febe Van  Tonder of PlasLantic, a committed  supporter  of DEEP  for the past three years. Educator  Pinkey Ngewu presented a wetland model designed  by the Marine Dynamics Academy  interns and  explained how wetlands absorb carbon dioxide. 

As Pinkey  explained, "The good thing about  wetlands is that they can cleanse and filter water as it moves through , but too much  contamination can destroy these natural  filtering systems". The DEEP group  was encouraged  to adapt their  mindset that, "We are not  powerless against climate change ". 

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