August 1, 2016

Healthy Family, Healthy Forest

Thanks to our supporters, Cool Earth can address the causes of deforestation rather than the symptoms: the poverty, the lack of access to basic human needs, and the desperation that drives villages to sell their most precious resource.

Whether it’s selling trees to buy supplies, or clearing areas of forest to grow more crops, hunger puts serious pressure on the rainforest. End hunger, and the pressure on the forest disappears.

So, with your support, the Asháninka are tackling infant malnutrition by training community health promoters. Our Awajún partners in Peru are cultivating fishponds to provide a source of pollution-free protein. In Papua New Guinea, a communal bakery not only uses less fuel wood but also provides an income (that’s goal 8 ticked off as well).

And in all of our partnerships, we’re helping to develop sustainable ways of growing crops.

By tackling the root causes of deforestation, you’re ensuring that families are as happy and healthy as the forest they call home.

The Sustainable Development Goals

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 are more than a dusty document in a Geneva boardroom.

From conserving the oceans to promoting sustainable economic growth, they link issues like gender inequality and ending food poverty to the fight against climate change.

The most ambitious goal aims to “protect, restore and sustainably manage forests, reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.” It sounds like a tall order, but Cool Earth’s partners are ahead of the game.

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By working alongside indigenous villages and strengthening communities, the Cool Earth model isn’t just saving rainforest, it’s furthering all of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that the UN is working towards.

It’s what makes what we do so effective.

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  • Kathy Thatcher says:

    Your organization appears to be focused on rainforests, granted, very important and threatened ecosystems, but I live in the U.S. and need to connect to those committed to saving the forests of North America. We are constantingly being told that timber harvests help create healthier forests. The general public now views older/mature forests as essentially dying ecosystems. The pressure to cut for biomass and other wood products is great. How many ecosystems do we destroy or negatively impact before we recognize the irreplaceable value of natural ecosystems? There are already too many places in the world where the forest never came back. Who is out there that can help bring balance against the pressures of the timber industry?

    • Chloe Rickard says:

      Hi Kathy, thanks for your comment. Cool Earth is focussed on rainforest because of all the forest types, it is both most at risk and most effective at storing carbon. But you are totally right, all forest types are important and most are being damaged or destroyed. The best response? Consumer power.

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