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FAQs

What is Cool Earth's Approach?

Cool Earth’s vision is a world where rainforest is protected, keeping our shared climate in balance. We work with local partners to develop, scale up and share the most effective ways to protect rainforest.

Cool Earth’s model is unique, we:

– Put indigenous and rainforest communities at the heart of rainforest protection.

– Implement a detailed and transparent monitoring system.

– Work to understand in detail the threats and drivers of deforestation in our partnerships and understanding that this changes over time.

– Share knowledge with local communities to support them as stewards.

– Co-design conservation strategies with local communities.

 

WHERE DOES COOL EARTH WORK?

By working in all three of the world’s major rainforest biomes and across 13 partnerships, Cool Earth shares local knowledge and develops the best ways to protect rainforest. From Peru to Papua New Guinea, Cambodia to Cameroon, Cool Earth supports local people to tackle a range of threats to their forest. More informations about the places we support can be found here. 

Cool Earth also has two completed projects that are fully-funded. Our Democracia project in Brazil completed in 2010 and our Awacachi project in Ecuador completed in 2013.

DOES COOL EARTH BUY RAINFOREST?

Cool Earth never buys rainforest and never will. Instead, we help the local communities take control of their forest, reduce degradation and develop sustainable livelihoods that reduce pressure on rainforest.

 

Is Cool Earth a carbon offset? How much should i donate to offset my carbon?

Protecting rainforest with Cool Earth does not create a carbon offset.

Cool Earth’s model, being community-led and adaptive to the changing threats and drivers of deforestation, is incompatible with approaches and complex requirements of carbon certification.

The Cool Earth method focuses on a longer-term partnership approach with communities, to build financial resilience. Whilst Cool Earth’s primary objective is to mitigate climate change through avoided deforestation, we don’t translate this into a price per tonne of carbon.

On average Cool Earth donors give around £60 per person and while not offsetting their carbon footprint, are committing to support communities in their key role as guardians of the rainforest while mitigating emissions from tropical deforestation.

WHY CAN’T I GET A REFUND ON MY DONATION OR GIFT?

All payments made to Cool Earth are classified as donations towards our charitable activities and are non-refundable. The only circumstance in which refunds will be made is where unauthorised use of your payment card is proven.

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