Earth Day 2020
How can you help our planet?
Are you feeling overwhelmed by environmental crises? Worried about the extinction of endangered species, ocean acidification, disappearing rainforests? Anxious about climate change?
Here’s the good news – you can do something about it!
Natural climate solutions like protecting and restoring forests are the most cost-effective solutions to climate change and biodiversity loss. That’s exactly what we are doing at Rainforest Partnership, and you can be part of this solution by making a donation this Earth Day.
A $15 monthly donation goes a long way – Your monthly donation will help us:
Partner with Indigenous Communities
Create Sustainable Livelihoods
Protect and Regenerate the Rainforest
Biodiversity, or the variety of wildlife on Earth, is essential to our planet’s health. How?
Rainforest plants and animals directly affect the functionality of the planetary ecosystem. As humans, we need rainforest ecosystems like the Amazon to function well. When they don’t, our food, water, air, and climate are at risk.
Because of their cultural and often spiritual connection with the land, indigenous peoples have the most at stake in preserving the forest they call home. They see themselves as part of the forest, part of the ecosystem itself.
Indigenous peoples make up 5% of the world’s population, but they are responsible for protecting 80% of global biodiversity and hold the richest carbon stocks in the world.
There is a powerful link between rainforests and Earth’s climate. Rainforests store the carbon dioxide we produce, and when we burn them, the CO2 is released back into the atmosphere, warming our planet. Protecting rainforests, however, is a massive opportunity to mitigate climate change.
Stopping current deforestation would be like taking half of the world’s 1.2 billion cars off the roads.
Did you know…?
- Rainforests cover only 2% of the Earth’s surface, but contain about 50% of ALL plant and animal species.
- Drugs used to treat malaria, glaucoma, leukemia, and many other diseases are derived from plants found in the Amazon rainforest.
- Less than 1% of the species found in tropical rainforests have been analyzed for their medicinal benefits.
- Scientists say Earth is experiencing its 6th mass extinction, driven solely by one species: humans.
- Natural extinction rates throughout history have been about 1 to 5 species per year.
- It is estimated we are now losing species at 1,000 to 10,000 times the natural rate, with dozens going extinct every day.
- 50% of the world’s land is communal land held by indigenous peoples and local communities.
- 1.6 billion people depend on forests for their daily needs.
- Indigenous peoples make up 5% of the world’s population, but they are responsible for protecting 80% of global biodiversity.
- Indigenous lands hold the richest carbon stocks in the world.
- Indigenous peoples continue to face issues such as a lack of land tenure, discrimination, lack of political representation, forced assimilation and relocation, contamination and destruction of their lands, and violence.
- Rainforests help regulate Earth’s climate and store up to 25% of all the CO2 that we produce.
- Deforestation produces 15% of global carbon emissions, but halting and reversing deforestation could reduce emissions by 30%.
- Cutting emissions from tropical deforestation would make it 28% cheaper to keep global warming below 2º Celsius, the threshold for catastrophic warming.
Rainforests are ecological powerhouses that keep our planet healthy.
How? Rainforests are home to half of all plant and animal species on Earth and absorb massive amounts of the CO2 we produce.
For the price of a Netflix subscription, you can subscribe to saving rainforests!
Make your own Earth Day impact
Jaguar populations are continually declining, like many other rainforest species, as urbanization, poaching, drilling, mining, and agricultural practices continue to destroy their habitat.
Rainforest Partnership’s projects are helping Amazon communities like Sani Isla preserve their thriving population of jaguars. 🐆
You can help us protect more habitat for this keystone species by becoming a monthly supporter today!