The Rainforest Trust – Protecting our tropical Rainforest

Dianne Castillo

Dianne Castillo

Sunrise in the Amazon rainforest, via Pexel

Some matches are made in heaven, others are made in the Amazon tropical rainforest. Each day 70,000 acres of rainforest are lost to deforestation. The Rainforest trust is battling this and winning the fight. Partnering with One Tribe we take a deep dive into the Amazon, and what we can do to stop the destruction.

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One Tribe and the Rainforest Trust have joined forces to fund and protect millions of acres of rainforest.  The 2 organizations firmly believe that we all have the responsibility to make sure the planet’s most threatened tropical rainforests and indigenous communities are safe from large, money-hungry corporations.

The world’s most threatened species are given the chance they deserve to live their best lives in the tropical rainforest.  The Rainforest Trust has been in the business of rainforest conservation for more than 30 years and has protected more than 19 billion trees.  That’s a lot of shade for endangered rainforest animals like the white-bellied spider monkey and the giant otter.

Why is protecting the Earth important?

The most important way One Tribe and The Rainforest Trust are making a difference is through protecting the Amazon rainforest territory.  Pumping out 20% of the world’s oxygen each day, it’s home to millions of species of plant, animal, and aquatic life. It’s a biodiverse, ancient home for not only the flora and fauna but also humans.

In fact, it’s been inhabited by people long before we thought it was, with new research uncovering evidence of long bygone civilizations buried by the jungle. It’s hard to imagine the scope of things that we cannot see, but by working together to protect such vast eco-diversity, we can protect Earth’s precious tropical jungles and their inhabitants. 

Save our Future sign in a protest, via Pexel

The effects of destroying the Amazon rainforest

Trees and plants in the Amazon rainforest, like everything living on this, are made up of carbon.  Building new forests is a great way to reduce climate change but the problem with that is that the trees will take decades to mature and make a difference.

A vital step in protecting the existing rainforests and phasing out fossil fuels.  Trees suck up all of the greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide which makes the earth a happy camper. 

This process stops carbon dioxide from having a non-socially distanced party up in the atmosphere and warming our planet (in case you haven’t noticed, it is indeed getting hot in here).  So when we burn the tropical rainforests, we are effectively punching our strongest friend in the face. 

Trees capture the massive amount of greenhouse gases that we create as humans by burning fossil fuels and using planes, trains, and cars to see each other.  When rainforest trees are burned or left to rot, all of the carbon they’ve been so graciously storing gets released again as emissions which has the same effect as burning fossil fuels at energy facilities.

Tree logs from deforestation via Pexel

4 biggest factors of climate change

The biggest enemies of deforestation are:

1. Corporate corruption: AKA greedy corps who prefer money over the wellbeing of the planet.  This can include tax fraud, forged permits, permits acquired with bribes, illegally cut down timber…the ugly side of corporations goes on and on.

2. Agricultural expansion: AKA growing crops or raising livestock in the amazon tropical rainforest in order for our daily needs.

3. Mining: 10% of deforestation is due to mining.  Large scale mining operations use giant bulldozers and excavators to get metals and minerals from the soil which results in being hugely destructive for the environment.

4. Human settlement: The population is growing…FAST.  There’s more than 7 billion people on this planet and the more people there are, the more we will demand for more timber and more cattle to help us live our lives.

Rainforest Trust logo, via Rainforesttrust.org

Why did we want the Rainforest Trust as a partner?

They have a reputation for being an environmentally conscious organization that protects tropical rainforests through community outreach.  They know the importance of community and use it.

The Rainforest Trust hires local villagers to help out in wildlife and forest conservation surveys, and they design community development and education programs, agricultural assistance, and alternative livelihood programs to ensure that the community continues to do its part to conserve the environment.

Villagers of the Amazon get a huge sense of ownership and take pride in their homeland with the help of Rainforest Trust. 

Joining forces to crush climate change

One Tribe and The Rainforest Trust have partnered in hopes of making a really big difference for the tropical rainforest and ultimately, for the whole community that lives on this round spinning rock as a global collective.

Land Acquisition

Together we are supporting land titling projects in Peru and other sites around the world so that tropical rainforest land ownership cannot be legally obtained by people who are not conscious of the danger they are putting us all in with climate change.  This is essential if we are to take climate action and we are putting a stop to them. 

Protection

Our partners and One Tribe work to protect the rainforest by creating National Parks. Risk is calculated with the help of science to pinpoint which areas are most endangered based on the species of plant and animal that live there. It’s a proven method to stop deforestation where the action is most needed.

Land Demarcation

We buy the tropical rainforest land and by working with governments and communities, we create private nature reserves and national parks. The process can take months to years but nothing worthwhile comes easy, right? 

Demarcation is another way that we are helping the Amazon thrive like mother earth intended.  That is the federal process of marking indigenous territories with boundaries so that people can no longer legally take advantage of them.  

Indigenous community of men, via Pexel

Community Managed Areas

We are also putting our energy into improving indigenous community status.  We help the indigenous people financially because they are taking care of the tropical rainforest.  Indigenous people have been referred to as being the Amazon’s last hope

Indigenous residents are leading the change themselves, and have more desire to do so because it is their literal homes that they are fighting to protect.

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