THANKS TO YOU, 2016 HAS BEEN AN INCREDIBLE YEAR FOR COOL EARTH
At the beginning of the new year, take some time to explore some of the highlights from Lubutu that you made happen.
Forest is only protected when families are strong and healthy enough to defend it. It’s no surprise that clean water, health, and nutrition are priorities for all our indigenous partners.
Fumes from traditional open fires kill more people than aids and malaria combined. 1 Fumes from traditional open fires kill more people than aids and malaria combined. On top of that, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, demand for fuelwood is the biggest pressure on the forest. New energy efficient stoves reduce the need for fuel wood and make for healthier, happier families. No wonder our partners in Lubutu have built more than 80 this year.
The more biodiverse a forest is, the more carbon it holds. That’s why we use the health of the forest and the species in it as an indicator of the success of our partnerships. And when we find evidence of threatened species thriving, that’s an even bigger reason to celebrate.
Our forest watch teams in Lubutu stumbled across not one but five families of Grauer’s gorilla in May. They’re the most endangered gorillas on the planet and we’re thrilled to see them thriving in our Congo partnership.
We’ve harnessed the latest satellite technology and the brightest researchers to make sure we’re monitoring the impact of our partnerships. This year we found next to no canopy loss across every single one of our partnerships – a sure sign that your support is making a real difference.Read More
It’s Cool Earth’s tenth birthday next year and we’re going for a step change in the way we operate. In preparation, this year we’ve welcomed new villages, new team members, and new ways of working. Together we’ll save a million acres in 2017.
Throughout this year our Programmes team have been working on refining our practices and producing an open source version of the Cool Earth model. This ‘toolbox’ will work anywhere in the world and will be available to any community who want to save their forest. Watch this space - we’ll be telling you much more next year.
Proving our impact and cost effectiveness is crucial, which is why in 2016 we spent time improving how we monitor and evaluate our partnerships. We were also assessed this year by Giving What We Can, a leading charity advisor, who found us to be more cost effective than any other charity working on Climate Change.Read More