Act NowHere are 10 simple yet powerful actions you can take to make a positive impact on rainforests every day. Share with us how you help save the rainforests with #WorldRainforestDay.
1. Take a Breath, Thank a Rainforest
One of the most mindful ways to observe World Rainforest Day is to take a moment to reflect on the many ways that rainforests positively affect your life. Think about it. We couldn’t survive without the clean air that rainforests produce for us. Rich biodiversity found within rainforests contributes to
Take a moment of appreciation for the nearly 50 million Indigenous people living in rainforests. Indigenous people are often called the “guardians of the forest” because they live in harmony with nature and are dedicated to preserving it. The United Nations has officially recognized the role of protecting Indigenous peoples’ lands in fighting deforestation. Watch the video to learn more about how Indigenous activists risk their lives to protect the lungs of our planet.
2. Nurture your knowledge
Learn a little bit more about why rainforests are such critical ecosystems to the planet and for all its inhabitants’ well-being. Watch these award-winning films about a variety of pressing issues surrounding the world’s rainforest to get inspired to act. Then, share these 8 facts with everyone so people can keep the conversation going about our amazing rainforests!
3. Share your actions with others
Spread the word of World Rainforest Day on social media to inspire others to take action on June 22nd, 2018! Let your friends and family know what you’re doing to protect rainforests and encourage them to do the same. Follow us on social media to connect with others who are participating in World Rainforest Day and to learn more about our initiatives.
4. Get World Rainforest Day Recognized
Our vision is to get World Rainforest Day recognized as an official United Nations day. Help us get World Rainforest Day recognized on a global scale by contacting your local, state, or federal government representatives asking them to officially recognize June 22nd as World Rainforest Day! Tweet your government official about why you think rainforests deserve to have their day and remember to use the #WorldRainforestDay.
5. Reduce your meat consumption
Beef production is by far the biggest cause of global tropical deforestation. Approximately 2.71 million hectares of tropical rainforest is destroyed every year in Latin America to convert forest to pasture for cattle. Carbon dioxide is emitted from the cutting down of trees, and cattle emit large amounts of greenhouse gases during digestion. To feed the growing cattle populations, soy production has doubled in the last 20 years, causing widespread tropical deforestation.
You don’t have to make a drastic change in your diet to make a difference. Having just one less meal containing beef per week is an easy sacrifice to make for rainforests and our climate. Our demand for beef is one of the main reasons for the destruction of rainforests, and therefore our planet’s well-being. On this World Rainforest Day, commit to eating less beef knowing that it will help to slow the pace of global deforestation. To learn more about the beef industry’s impact on rainforests, read this blog, and then share what you know with the beef-eaters in your life to multiply the impact of your action.
6. Pass On Unsustainable Palm Oil
Palm oil is an extremely versatile product used in a variety of every-day cosmetic, cleaning, and food items. A growing demand for palm oil worldwide has caused the number of palm oil plantations to double in the last 10 years. Palm oil is produced largely in the peatlands of Southeast Asia in areas with carbon-rich soil that emit 28 times as much carbon dioxide than forests when they are drained to become plantations. Palm oil produces the largest amount of carbon emissions globally after beef. Palm oil plantations also threaten biodiversity by destroying species habitats, of which orangutans, tigers, rhinoceros, and elephants are especially at risk. Additionally, the burning of peatlands for palm oil plantations releases an extremely dangerous haze into the air that results in severe human health problems and even death.
For all of these reasons, shop smart. Avoid purchasing products with palm oil, when possible. Look for products with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) logo for certified sustainable palm oil. These products meet strict environmental and social criteria that help to minimize the negative impacts on palm oil production.
7. Donate to rainforest Guardians
One way to take action for World Rainforest Day is to donate to the World Rainforest Day partners. These organizations are committed to protecting rainforests and all of its inhabitants. Our partners carry out a variety of important work that helps to conserve and protect rainforests around the world.
8. Source Rainforest-friendly Certified Products
In our globalized society, it’s tough enough trying to find out exactly where your food comes from. It can be even harder to know if the products you consume are sustainably and ethically-made. One of the best ways to know whether your consumption is environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable is by finding the Rainforest Alliance’s green frog logo. The Rainforest Alliance seal is found on the products of companies audited to meet strict environmental, economic, and social standards.
The Rainforest Alliance Certification is found on products sourced from forests that:
- protect endangered species and forest areas of high conservation value
- set aside a portion of land for forest reserves
- provide workers with decent wages and protect their ability to organize
- follow strict guidelines that determine how, when, and where timber and non-timber forest products are harvested
- respect the rights of local and indigenous communities
Support World Rainforest Day by keeping an eye out for the Rainforest Alliance seal when you do your grocery shopping!
9. Walk, bike, bus! Reduce your carbon footprint on rainforests
One of the many services that rainforests give to the Earth is its ability to mitigate climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide emissions from human activity. Unfortunately, global deforestation is eliminating trees which hurts their ability to counteract global warming as carbon emissions continue to accumulate in the air. Even worse is the fact that more carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere when vast amounts of rainforests are cut down and burned. Tropical rainforests absorb more than half of the 2.5 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide around the world each year.
For World Rainforest Day, reduce your carbon footprint to ease the burden on rainforests as we work to stop deforestation. Walk, bike, or take the bus to school or work whenever possible. Or, organize a carpool with family and friends.
Protecting rainforests is one of our best hopes at mitigating the effects of climate change, so do what you can to help keep carbon emissions down and trees up!
10. Make a Conscious Cup of Coffee
Make a conscious cup of coffee this morning for World Rainforest Day! Coffee is grown in tropical countries near the equator. The growing demand for coffee worldwide has led farmers to expand their plantations into the rainforest, cutting and burning down trees. As climate change raises global temperatures and causes unpredictable precipitation patterns, arable farmland for coffee gets slowly depleted.
How To Make The Most Rainforest-Friendly Cup of Coffee
- Fair Trade Certified coffee is a must. Fair Trade Certified coffee ensures income sustainability, empowerment, community well-being, and environmental stewardship. So often companies compromise these things to maximize their profits, but paying Fair Trade means using your money to support companies that promote economic empowerment and sustainable livelihoods.
- Look for certified organic coffee. This means the coffee beans were grown without artificial pesticides or herbicides which ensures that pollution from wastewater and fertilizers is minimized.
- Shade-grown coffee has much more environmental value than your traditional sun-grown coffee. A canopy of shade trees is created on the plantation to cultivate the coffee beans, and the trees provide multiple natural benefits to the environment. Shade-grown coffee farms report higher number of bird species, soil protection, carbon sequestration, natural pest control, and improved pollination.
- Visit your favorite coffee company’s website to research their environmental and labor standards. Check if they have the important certifications such as organic, Fair Trade, or Rainforest Alliance. If they don’t have any available information about their environmental or social impact, it could be time to find a new favorite coffee!
- Buy coffee that is sourced and roasted as close to where you live as possible. Buying locally or regionally-produced coffee is better for the environment because it has to travel fewer miles in a truck or plane to get to you, which means fewer carbon dioxide emissions.
- Lastly, remember your reusable coffee cups when you go to a coffee shop! Single-use plastic products like cups and stirring sticks are huge sources of landfill waste which cause major environmental issues.