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December 2019 Blog
Blog Covering only 3% of Earth’s surface, rainforest is our life support system. Protecting rainforest is the most important action we can take to support people, sequester carbon and preserve wildlife. 3
Blog In 2020, Cool Earth will be sharing our people-first approach and championing rainforest as the smartest climate solution there is with an appeal on BBC Radio 4. 4
Blog With only a 5% literacy rate in Sololo, Cool Earth has supported an adult education programme. Helping people manage their own businesses and be further involved in sustainable community decisions. 5
Blog From Peru to Papua New Guinea, Cameroon to Cambodia, Cool Earth is supporting rainforest partnerships alongside local people in 6 countries around the tropics. 6
Blog December 7 is Papua New Guinea’s Overshoot Day, compared to 29 July globally. Despite having one of the lowest ecological footprints, people in PNG are facing the impacts of the climate crisis. 7
Blog Research shows that 8% of all global emissions are from tropical deforestation alone, but that these same forests can provide 23% of the cost-effective climate mitigation needed before 2030. 8
Blog Scientists consistently warn that we only have 10 years to reduce our global warming to a 1.5C limit. This involves taking urgent action to reduce emissions from deforestation. 10
Blog Cool Earth recognises the significance of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and has closely aligned its programme activities with 11 of the Sustainable Development Goals and their targets. 11
Blog 12 years ago, in 2007, the first thing Cool Earth ever did was ask rainforest communities what they needed to make them more resilient. It’s how we continue working today, putting people first to reduce deforestation. 12
Blog From Urakuza in the Awajún to Por Beung in Cambodia, Cool Earth’s business partners are now supporting 13 rainforest partnerships around the world; creating opportunities and working to keep trees standing. 13
Blog Cool Earth’s partnership with Wabumari in PNG was formed in 2015, supporting the people to protect their trees, develop reliable incomes and safeguard their carbon-rich mangroves. 15
Blog At just 16, Greta Thunberg has sparked a revolution. This year, millions of young people around the world took part in climate strikes, standing up for the planet and urging immediate action. 16
Blog May 17 is the UK’s Overshoot Day, when the country has used up all the natural resources Earth can sustainably supply for 2019. We are using up resources 1.75 times faster than the planet can regenerate them. 17
Blog Global average temperatures are now at their highest since records began. In fact, 17 of the 18 warmest years on record have all taken place since 2001. 18
Cambodia_Rainforest In April 2019, the IPBES report emphasised that it is essential that the voices and experiences of local communities drive choices in conservation if it is to be a success for people and planet. 19
Blog In 2020, Cool Earth will continue to support those who call rainforest home. With your support, we can reach more communities and help preserve more rainforest than ever before. 20
Blog Temperatures of over 21 degrees Celsius were recorded in London’s Kew Gardens on February 26, 2019. It was the warmest winter day the UK has ever experienced. 21
Blog On 22 August, our screens blazed with the Amazon rainforest on fire. People mobilised to share awareness of this crisis and took action by supporting Cool Earth to keep forest healthy around the tropics. 22
Blog In Cool Earth’s Papua New Guinea partnerships, 23 animals have been identified on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, including the giant bandicoot, the southern cassowary and the southern crowned pigeon. 23
Blog Rainforest plants are incredibly diverse and numerous, with orchids making up the largest family of flowering plants with at least 24,000 species. 24
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