The first World Rainforest Day was launched on June 22nd, 2017 by Rainforest Partnership as a collaborative effort to raise awareness and encourage action to protect the world’s rainforests. Rainforest Partnership is an international non-profit dedicated to protecting and regenerating tropical rainforests through community based projects in the Amazon. After the United States pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement, Rainforest Partnership felt compelled to raise greater awareness of the role of rainforests in stabilizing our changing climate.
Rainforests are vital for the survival of life on Earth. We depend on them for 20% of the oxygen we breathe and the freshwater we drink. They absorb our carbon dioxide, stabilize climate patterns, and are home to half the world’s plant and animal species.
Yet every minute, we lose 40 football fields of rainforests, which threatens our biodiversity and imperils our planet’s health. Deforestation causes 15% of global carbon dioxide emissions that accelerate climate change—more than from all cars in the U.S. and China combined. Natural climate solutions like protecting and restoring forests, however, could reverse global emissions by a third.
World Rainforest Day is an opportunity to celebrate this precious natural resource each year and take action to preserve it. Our network of partner organizations spanning seventeen different countries from six different continents is the catalyst for millions of people’s awareness and behaviors. We will create a positive impact on rainforests for years to come.