Humans are as much a part of the forest ecosystem as any other species. The villages that we work with have lived sustainably in the rainforest for countless generations.
Cool Earth knows that supporting the communities that live in the forest is by far the most effective way of protecting it for the long-term.
Providing simple, affordable health care to forest villages helps them to become stronger and puts them in a better position to generate sustainable incomes, ridding the temptation to accept money from loggers.
The greatest cause of infant mortality and sickness in the communities we work with is diarrhoea caused by bacterial contamination. This can be reduced by 90% simply by washing hands with soap. And healthy families mean healthy forest.