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Facing up to rainforest facts

We cannot afford to stand by any longer and watch rainforests be burnt to the ground for cattle ranching, or removed to make way for oil and mineral mining. 

posterIt is estimated that, if we do not change our course of action, there will not be any rainforests remaining in 50 years' time — that’s in your lifetime! Many people make excuses for destroying forests but the fact is that, once they are destroyed, countless species of plants and animals will be killed with many species being lost forever. 

Indigenous people, who have depended upon the forests for hundreds of years, will lose their homes  and means of survival and will have nothing once the forests are gone. 

WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY (5th JUNE)

We are delighted that so many of you are learning about rainforests and actively trying to help conserve them. It is with your enthusiasm and help that we can really make a difference together — SO START TAKING ACTION NOW!

World Environment Day is held each year on 5th June to stimulate a worldwide awareness of the environment. In past years, Rainforest Concern has joined forces with schools in the initiative “A Pound for the Planet” and celebrated the day with the slogan “Kick the Habit! Towards a Low Carbon Economy”.
 
Celebrate this day by reading about rainforests and the environment, and organise an event to raise money to protect rainforest.

What you can do:

• Organise an essay and poster competition and invite parents and friends
• Organise a tree planting day
• Have a look at the links on the left for further ideas and interesting information about rainforests.

JUNGLE FEVER

jungle feverRainforest Concern has become a supporter of Jungle Fever, a new campaign to save rainforests by Cool it Schools.

These are just a few of forest-friendly shopping tips being promoted by Cool it Schools' latest campaign:

  • Buy local and seasonal food.
  • If products contain palm oil and soy, try to ensure that it has been sustainably produced.
  • If you are buying new wood and paper products, check they are certified by the FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council).
  • Upcycle and recycle.

Jungle Fever is aiming to raise awareness of the impact of our consumption on forest habitats as well as supporting four charities, including Rainforest Concern, and one forest project, that are working to save forests from destruction. Click here to find out more.


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