For my birthday this year, I want us to fight against deforestation together through Cool Earth. I know this is a bit late, but for those of you who haven’t planned gifts already, or simply for those of you who would like to contribute, I would be very grateful if you could donate to Cool Earth!!
Cool Earth is a non-profit organization that works alongside rainforest communities to halt deforestation and its impact on climate change. Deforestation is quite a complex issue that is intrinsically linked to socio-economic factors. The approach of Cool Earth is quite different to previous inefficient methods: they don’t create reserves, put up fences nor buy land. Instead, they empower local communities and put them back in control of their forest. Ending the cycle of deforestation, they also contribute to stop villages from entrenching into further poverty. I chose Cool Earth for how in addition to fighting deforestation it also contributes to fighting environmental injustice through their human approach. You can find more information on their website
Why did I choose a charity fighting deforestation? Well among others, because of how deforestation is intrinsically linked to global warming and loss of diversity. As we all know by now, in a very simplified manner, forests up = CO2 captured VS forests down = CO2 released. In parallel, according to the UN, forests are home to more than 80% of all terrestrial species of animals & plants, meaning every hectare of forest cut down dangerously threatens biodiversity. And most importantly this is a large-scale issue. Half of the world’s rainforest has been destroyed in the last 40 years, with 3.3 million hectares of forest areas lost between 2010 and 2015 according to the UN. And, despite a lack of media attention, deforestation of rainforest continues at a fast rate. More precisely, UN estimates that, currently, “thirteen million hectares of forests are being lost every year”, which contributes to desertification. Protecting forests also means protecting the homes of the indigenous population!
However, in parallel, we can and should contribute to fighting deforestation in our daily life: using less paper, banning products with palm oil from our lives and checking if the products we purchase come from sustainably managed forests and not unsustainably ravaged rainforests and of course by limiting our consumption.