Your top ten stories of 2019 | Technology, trees and tipping points
Coffee under threat
Nothing is more terrifying on a Monday morning than the threat of not having a hot coffee to greet the day. But back in January, scientists warned that 60% of the 124 known species of coffee are on the brink of extinction. The reasons for this are all too familiar: growing uncertainty in weather patterns, longer dry seasons, more intense rainfall and extreme heatwaves. The answer to its survival lies in rainforest. Read more
The power of what if?
What if we could predict where, when and why deforestation will happen?
In the past year, Cool Earth has harnessed the latest generation of machine learning and forest data to do just that. The kind of technology used to recognise postcodes is being taught to enable the forecasting of future deforestation events. It’s all to produce hotspot maps of high-risk areas that can be shared with rainforest communities and help to inform future conservation strategies that put people first. What if?
Ricky’s spring report
In March, Cool Earth’s Project Coordinator in Papua New Guinea, Ricky Imanuakan, travelled to Sololo in order to support the community with the building of their new resource and education centre. In his report, Ricky painted a vivid picture of the increasing number of difficulties and sporadic weather events faced in the area, and right along the coast in the country. Read the report
Mapping the forest
From decision making to monitoring, successful conservation strategies must involve the community at every stage of the process. Watch as the Cool Earth team head into the forest, GPS in hand, to help local people assess the state of their surroundings. Watch the video
Make every day #EarthDay
This year, more smart supporters than ever have chosen to give regularly to Cool Earth. In fact, 50% more of you are giving monthly to rainforest communities than in 2018. That’s more support available to help people develop sustainable livelihoods and more to help find the best ways to reduce deforestation around the world. You made a difference
Our house is on fire - Greta Thunberg
Back in August, the overwhelming destruction of Earth’s rainforests was unavoidable. We saw the Amazon burning. As was rainforest in Indonesia, Bolivia and the Congo, to name but a few. We know that the state of Earth’s rainforests are at a critical point. Protecting them is the most essential climate action we can take. And if we don’t address the burning forests now, we may go past a tipping point of no return. Read more
We’re living beyond our means
In 2019, Global Earth Overshoot Day was the earliest ever to be calculated. This date marks when humanity’s annual demand on nature exceeds what Earth’s ecosystems can regenerate in that year. And over just the past 20 years, the date moved forward three months to July 29.
That’s equivalent to using 1.75 Earths this year. We don’t have 1.75 Earths, we only have one. Get the facts
Meet our new ambassadors
Cool Earth has welcomed a host of new ambassadors to the team this year who each offer a wealth of experience. From Gillian Burke to Tony Juniper, they include wildlife filmmakers, conservationists and environmentalists. Meet the group who are using their voice to raise awareness of the need to protect rainforest and all that lives there. Meet the team
Can money, maps and coffee save 400 billion trees?
“Figuring out how to support better lives while keeping the forest standing deserves some of the innovation billions that go to carbon storage and better batteries.” Guardian journalist, Clare Longrigg, met with members of the Peruvian Asháninka this year to explore the complex drivers of deforestation and how Cool Earth’s partners are finding new ways to protect their forest. Meet forest guardians
Climate Action, together
We all know that the best approach to tackling climate breakdown is protecting rainforest and reducing emissions. It means that effective conservation is only possible when local people who are uniquely suited to manage, protect, and restore rainforest are put first.
Thank you for taking climate action, together, this December and investing in people, for the future of rainforest and our planet.