History of World Rainforest Day

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.

Rainforests are vital for the survival of life on Earth. Not only do they provide us with the freshwater we drink, but they absorb our carbon dioxide, stabilize climate patterns, and provide a home to half the world’s plant and animal species. And yet, over the last 40 years, deforestation has stripped 1 billion hectares, or the equivalent of Europe, from tropical rainforests.


World Rainforest Day is an opportunity to celebrate this precious natural resource each year and take action to preserve it. Our worldwide network of partner organizations is the catalyst for inspiring sustainable changes in individuals and our global society. Together we will create a positive impact on rainforests for years to come.


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