March 29, 2018

Sustainable Development in the Awajún

Cool Earth’s rainforest-saving partnerships across the globe directly contribute to two of the 17 Sustainable Development goals set by the United Nations. The goals aim to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all.

By working with local people in areas at risk of deforestation, Cool Earth is helping to further the goals for Climate Action and Life on Land. But the Awajún partnership is a great example of how Cool Earth’s supporters are empowering communities to do so much more.


Goal 13 is to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impact. Keeping trees standing is the cheapest and simplest way to mitigate climate change. And Cool Earth has the secret to how to keep them standing. We work with local people who want to keep their forest intact, aligning their interests with the interests of the planet.

The forest in the Awajún is safely harbouring 14,329,280 tonnes of carbon that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere. That’s equivalent to around 3 million cars being driven for one year.

Children holding up letters spelling BIODIVERSIDAD


Goal 15 is to sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss.

This goal is key to Cool Earth mission. In the Awajún and across the globe, our partner communities are keeping their forest standing and the incredible biodiversity they contain intact.

The Awajún forest shelters 7,186 species of animals, 15 of them endangered. It’s part of the largest and most diverse rainforest on earth, the Amazon, and Cool Earth’s Awajún partners and supporters are protecting 55,113 acres of it.

Satisfied-looking Awajun Man in Cool Earth's Peru Partnership


Contributing to two of these ambitious goals is great news but the truth is, Cool Earth’s supporters are doing something far more impressive. By working with local communities and putting the resources in their hands to build better lives, Cool Earth’s work in the Awajún and elsewhere contributes to nearly all of the sustainable development goals.


Sustainable Development in the Awajún

Goal 17: partnerships for the goals

In some ways, the final goal is the most important. The UN calls for strengthened global partnerships in order the implement these goals.

Cool Earth is all about partnerships: With local communities like the Awajún protecting their forest. With smart NGOs delivering specific projects that communities want to invest in. And with committed donors and supporters, who believed in the Cool Earth model from day one.

Together, you’re building a better, fairer, and a more sustainable planet.

Thank you.



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