Hey all! So I'm going on a crazy adventure and want you to join me for the ride...I'm driving a rickshaw from West India to East India raising money for this awesome charity Cool Earth. Not going to lie, when I signed up to do the Rickshaw run I had never heard of Cool Earth but now I'm glad I have! They are a really cool charity that helps indigenous people who are custodians of the rainforests have enough money to withstand the constant aggressive persuasions of illegal loggers (caused by development and greed from us!!). Even though we do not call these beautiful parts of the earth our 'home', they are what help sustain our lives in the places we do call home, and it is our responsibility to ensure their survival! Please donate and be part of something meaningful and watch me take the wheels of a glorified lawnmower on a crazy, stressful, exciting, adventure across an unpredictable and beautiful country (with plenty of opportunities to laugh at me!). Come on, you know you want to...you don't need that bar of chocolate or pint today, have one tomorrow instead (or next week if you want to be really generous)!!! Check out the video and more information below and share with everyone you know!
I'm starting in Jaisalmer and finishing in Shillong which depending on which routes we take is between 2,500-3,500 km. I plan to record our adventure and upload it on our blog so you can keep updated.
Here's a bit more about the charity but of course feel free to research them and the rickshaw run yourself.
Cool Earth partners with villages at the front lines of deforestation where the risk is most imminent. Poor villages are often approached with logging contracts that offer them a fraction of what the trees are actually worth. These communities can turn to Cool Earth for help, who provides the local people with the support they need to get income from the forest without cutting it down so that the forest is worth more intact.
Cool Earth fund raises the money to match the logging contracts, and gives that money for stewardship by the community with a half-now-half-later model. The money is put into a community association fund, and used to invest in education, health and businesses. Cool Earth recognizes that indigenous people are the most effective custodians of the rainforest. By boosting incomes, and improving schools and clinics, the local people can withstand current and future offers from illegal loggers because they have sustainable livelihoods and more choices.
Long story short -- the rainforest stays standing, local people are empowered, and lives are improved -- all for a very light touch and cost effective intervention. Cool Earth's track record shows that incomes rise 70%, loss of canopy cover over five years drops from 29% to 3%, and an acre of rainforest is protected for just $115. William MacGaskill gave a ringing endorsement in his book, 'Giving What You Can', that "the easiest and most effective way to cut down your carbon footprint is to donate to Cool Earth."
The ranforest is so diverse and offers us more than we realise. Often people are ignorant of what is happening to the these amazing habitats which is dangerous to our very survival (sounds dramatic but this is a serious issue). Don't want to lecture so happy to give you a Geography lesson about it anytime if you ask. :D Let's count our blessings and give back! Xxx