Protecting the rainforests. Tropical rainforests took between 60 and 100 million years to evolve and are believed to be the oldest and most complex land-based ecosystem on earth, containing over 30 million species of plants and animals. That’s half of the Earth’s wildlife and at least two-thirds of its plant species! Rainforests have a central role to play in the slowing of climate change and protecting the rainforests is therefore essential for the future of the planet.
Links between meat eating and climate change have also been widely known for many years, partly due to deforestation in the Amazon rainforest to make room for cattle grazing. Clearing these forests is estimated to produce a staggering 17% of global greenhouse gas emissions, more than the entire transport sector!
The scandal of the rainforest killings
Kenya’s forests and the legacy of Wangari Maathai
Tigers at risk of extinction
Deforestation and the orang utan
Amazon Watch works with indigenous and environmental organisations in the Amazon Basin. www.amazonwatch.org
Rainforest Rescue is committed to saving rainforests for current and future generations. Their projects involve rainforest restoration, research and property purchase and protection. www.rainforestrescue.org.au
The Rainforest Information Centre is a non-profit, volunteer organisation dedicated to the protection of the Earth’s remaining rainforests. www.rainforestinfo.org.au