“Ultimately, we need to foster a new relationship with nature, and we can achieve that together.”
Deforestation is all too often out of sight and out of mind. Except, that is, for the world’s 350 million people that call rainforest home. Reports like the newly released FAO’s State of the World’s Forests sound a vital alarm on behalf of Earth’s most vital ecosystems. It stresses an urgent need for effective climate action; one that benefits people and planet alongside rainforest.
Understanding and keeping track of the state of Earth’s forests has never been so important. And while the world’s attention is focussed elsewhere, we need to keep the conversation about conservation going.
However this report also identifies signs of hope. The rate of global forest loss is beginning to decrease and solutions that balance conservation and sustainable use of forest biodiversity do exist. The report emphasises the vital need for community-led approaches and the importance of indigenous and local knowledge of the best ways to protect nature.
Cool Earth works to enhance livelihoods whilst protecting the natural landscape, embodying the vital concept described of supporting local people to manage and protect their forests.
Together we can and must create a new and sustainable relationship with nature.