World's Rainforests is important:
1. Tropical Rainforests are the most diverse ecosystems on our Planet. More than 30 million species call these regions home – that's two-thirds of all the world's species.
2. Rainforests function as the "lungs of our Planet“: they absorb and trap a massive amount of CO2 from the Earth’s atmosphere, keeping the natural balance in check.
3. The past 50 years saw the destruction of half of the World’s tropical rainforests. At the current rate, an area the size of thirty soccer fields is destroyed every minute.
4. Deforestation and the resulting increase in CO2 emissions are considered the second largest cause of climate change today.
5. Thanks to their pivotal role in regulating Earth’s climate, tropical Rainforests help sustain the lives of all humans beings – not just the estimated 50 million natives inhabiting these regions.
6. Despite the immense threat that exists to the Rainforest, purely political solutions to its destruction have proved insufficient.
All clicked Ben - Thank you. the quotes below are courtesy of His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso the 14th (current) Dalai Lama
"It is our collective and individual responsibility to protect and nurture the global family, to support its weaker members and to preserve and tend to the environment in which we all live."
"Because we all share this small planet Earth, we have to live in harmony and peace with each other and with nature. That is not just a dream, but a necessity."
News: Rebirth of a Forest http://www.timescrest.com/life/rebirth-of-a-forest-8879
More than a year after it was taken off the danger list of Unesco's World Heritage Sites, Assam's Manas National Park is turning out to be one of the emerging success stories in global conservation. The forest and its ecosystem, which was deemed threatened by Unesco following Bodo militancy in the 1980s & 1990s, is gradually regaining some of its old glory. And plans are afoot to bring the forest, which straddles 2 countries, India & Bhutan, under a system of trans-boundary management.
Source: Jaya S.
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News: Green Carbon. Black Trade http://dev.grida.no/logging/layout/RRAlogging_english_scr.pdf
ILLEGAL LOGGING, TAX FRAUD and LAUNDERING in the WORLD’s TROPICAL FORESTS
Source: Jeanne Schreurs
Good News!! Campaign Success: Indonesian Palm Oil Company Pledges to End Forest Destruction http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/news/sinar-mas-campaign011.html#cr
Sinar Mas, the palm oil Giant that has been the focus of campaign against Forest destruction, has finally called an end to the destruction of Indonesia's Forests. STEP by STEP... Drop by Drop... Good News!!!!!!! This is the result of public pressure!!!!!! BUT we must continue FIGHTING against DEFORESTATION!!!!!!!
Source: Nyack C.
Indonesian palm oil company stop deforestation - AT LAST! I hape nobody will start again in a fews weeks, a few months, a few years. Thiçs also seems to be a good piece of news fior orangutans, tigers, rhinos ... At least, I hope so. I was thinking of poachers' objectives and hos they want to reach them.
Delightful to respond to your petitions, Michela, and also to some items listed by members! Jude
Target: President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos,
Goal: Improve agricultural practices for Palm Oil production to both stabilize the economy & protect the environment.
The South American country of Colombia is the world’s fastest growing & 5th largest producer of Palm Oil, which is used for cooking and bio-diesel fuel. At least 20 million hectares of Colombia’s land is ineffectively used for agriculture, & this land could accommodate many new Oil Palm plantations. We need to encourage Colombia’s Gov.t to use sustainable farming methods so the environment is not harmed during production.
According to “Lowering environmental costs of oil-palm expansion in Colombia“, “Instead of clearing natural forests, it may be able to convert degraded pastures into Palm Oil plantations, opening up access to the EU & other markets where consumers are demanding sustainably produced oil for cooking, cosmetics & ‘green energy’.” Source: Dianne C.
Been clicking! and will continue! TY Michela.
An area of a Rainforest the size of a football field is being destroyed each second!!! About 2,000 trees per minute are cut down in the Rainforests. Let's do everything we can to save them!!
News: The Disappearing Rainforests http://www.rain-tree.com/facts.htm#.UVTHFleXTwd
We are losing Earth's greatest biological treasures just as we are beginning to appreciate their true value. Rainforests once covered 14% of the Earth's land surface, now: 6%. Experts estimate that the last remaining Rainforests could be consumed in less than 40 yrs.
-One & one-half acres of Rainforest lost every second with tragic consequences for both developing & industrial countries.
-Rainforests destroyed bec. the value of rainforest land is perceived as only the value of its timber by short-sighted Gov.ts, multi-nat.l logging Cos., & land owners.
-Nearly half of the world's species of plants, animals & microorganisms will be destroyed or severely threatened over the next 25yrs due to Rainforest Deforestation.
-Experts estimate that we are losing 137 plant, animal & insect species every single day due to Rainforest Deforestation= 50,000 species a year. As the Rainforest species disappear, so do many possible cures for life-threatening diseases. Currently, 121 prescription drugs sold worldwide come from plant-derived sources. While 25% of Western pharmaceuticals are derived from Rainforest ingredients, less that 1% of these tropical trees & plants have been tested by scientists.
-Most Rainforests are cleared by chainsaws, bulldozers & fires for its timber value & then are followed by farming & ranching operations, even by world giants like Mitsubishi Corp., Georgia Pacific, Texaco & Unocal.
-There were 10million Indians in the Amazonian Rainforest 500yrs ago, today: less than 200,000.
-In Brazil alone, European colonists destroyed more than 90 indigenous tribes since the 1900's. With them have gone centuries of accumulated knowledge of the medicinal value of Rainforest species. As their homelands continue to be destroyed by deforestation, rainforest peoples are also disappearing.
-Most medicine men & shamans remaining in the Rainforests today are 70 years old or more. Each time a Rainforest medicine man dies, it is as if a library has burned down.
-When a medicine man dies without passing his arts on to the next generation, the tribe & the world loses thousands of years of irreplaceable knowledge about medicinal plants.Frans B.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/774550352/3553564
Help stop further logging & destruction of Brazil's Amazon Rainforest. - New research reveals that Deforestation is leading to a decrease in rainfall in the region. As Brazil clears more rainforest to make room for agriculture, productivity in those same fields has dropped due to reduced rainfall & rising temperatures, a direct result of the lost rainforest. If Brazil doesn't reverse course, they risk the region's economic health as well as environmental health -- a true no-win scenario.
Turns out, Biodiversity may help control the spread of a deadly disease.There are countless reasons to stop the Deforestation of tropical rainforests & preserve Biodiversity. And now it looks like we may be able to add disease control to that already long list. According to a study recently published, preserving the biodiversity of tropical forests could help reduce the spread of malaria. This belief flies in the face of the more accepted view that clearing the Amazon rainforest for agricultural purposes curbs malaria transmission. The idea for the study came about after its lead researcher, Gabriel Laporta, an epidemiologist at Brazil’s University of Sao Paulo, came across material about the history of malaria epidemics in Brazil’s southeastern Atlantic Forest during the 1940s & ’50s.
May 13, 2013 - Deforestation may significantly decrease the hydroelectric potential of tropical rainforest regions, warns a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.
Satellite image of the Turucui dam & associated Deforestation in Brazil
News: Continued Deforestation in the Amazon may kill Brazil's agricultural growth http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0509-brazil-no-win-deforestation.html
Continuing Deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest could undermine agricultural productivity in the region by reducing rainfall & boosting temperatures, warns a new study...
Video: Burning Lungs (Deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olmzzWo0wps&feature=player_embedded
2 acres per second;
150 acres per minute;
214,000 acres per day;
78 Million acres per year!!!
"All plants are our brothers & sisters. They talk to us & if we listen, we can hear them" Source: Terry V.
News: FAQ: Palm Oil, Forests and Climate Change …Is this just a problem for Indonesia? No, it's a global problem. The int.l trade in Palm Oil means companies in the UK can have a huge influence on how suppliers operate, & by refusing to deal with those they know to be destroying forest areas they can change industry practices. Governments need to wake up to the relationship between deforestation & climate change, & provide funding to prevent deforestation, as Forest Destruction is responsible for a 5th of all Greenhouse Gas Emissions.
News: Indonesia approves massive Rainforest conservation project http://www.greenerideal.com/politics/1205-indonesia-approves-rainforest-conservation/
After 4 years of planning, Indonesia announced at the U.N. climate talks in Doha, Qatar that it will set aside land, roughly the size of Singapore, as part of a rainforest conservation project. The Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve, in Central Kalimantan province on Borneo island, will protect close to 200,000 acres of land & Indonesia will be rewarding investors with tradable carbon credits that they can use for profit or decreasing their own carbon footprint. “We hope projects like Rimba Raya will lead the way in proving that conservation can address the rural development needs of the communities & also preserve our forests for generations to come”. This has been a significant step in protecting Indonesia’s landscape, as the country houses the world’s 3rd-largest tropical Rainforest. Unfortunately, these forests are disappearing at a fast rate as there is a rush to grow more food & people are keen on exploiting their timber & mineral wealth. By protecting the forests, Indonesia will be playing a role in curbing Global Warming as forest clearance is a source of greenhouse gases. “This is a small but significant step in terms of contributing to the Gov.t’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions & showing that larger volumes of forest carbon credits can be sold to credible buyers”. Cher: http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3496588
News: Indonesian Rainforest saved by landmark law One of the world's most abundant Wildlife areas has been protected following a 5year struggle by campaigners. Now known as the Harapan Rainforest, the 101,000Hectare (250,000-acre) area of Indonesia is home to 267 bird species, the Sumatran Tiger, the Asian Elephant and the newly-identified Cloud Leopard. Some of the Species living there were said to be "staring extinction in the face". Source: Ben Oscarcito
News: Risks Remain Despite Indonesian Forest Moratorium: Study A 2year ban on new licenses to clear peatlands & primary forests in Indonesia risks being undermined by the small area protected by the scheme & a host of exemptions, shows a review that calls for the program to be revised. The ban is the centerpiece of an important Climate deal with Norway, signed last year, worth up to $1 Billion. A major goal is to cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Deforestation, by far the largest source of emissions in Indonesia. Ben Oscarcito: http://www.care2.com/news/member/140535861/3004329
An aerial view of peatland areas bordered by Rainforest(bottom), Indonesia, Riau prov.
News: Another break for Rainforests as Palm Oil Company reveals plan to halt destruction A baby orphan Orang-utan plays at the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BO. Orang-utan Habitat is being destroyed through the Clearing of Indonesian Rainforest by the Palm Oil and Pulp & Paper Industries
News: U.S. and Indonesian Governments Work Together to Protect one of World’s Most Important Forests By: Ben Oscarcito "The US & Indonesian Gov.t signed an agreement Sept. 29, 2011 that will result in $28.5 million in funding to protect a large block of Forest land in the Indonesian region known as the Heart of Borneo" The problem is that the Indonesian government can NOT be trusted!
New Palm Oil plantation established on peatland outside Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan
News: 80% of Rainforests in Malaysian Borneo logged http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0717-borneo-rainforest-logging.html The study uncovered some 226,000 miles (364,000 km) of roads across Sabah & Sarawak, &
found that roughly 80% of the 2 states have been impacted by logging or clearing. At best, only 45,400 sq. kilometers of Forest ecosystems in the region remain intact. "The extent of logging in Sabah & Sarawak documented in our work is breathtaking" "The logging industry has penetrated right into the heart of Borneo & very little Rainforest remains untouched by logging or clearfell in Malaysian Borneo." Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3612091
6) New!! Pet.: Commend Indonesia for Deal to End Illegal Logging http://forcechange.com/84617/commend-indonesia-for-deal-to-end-illegal-logging/#.UllMPBFUoj4.care2 Indonesia & the European Union have signed a deal to end all trade in illegal wood products between Asia & Europe. Their efforts will help reduce the amount of trees cut down, saving the endangered Indonesian Forests. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3656529
7) New!! Pet.: Commend Sustainable Palm Oil Harvesting http://forcechange.com/72960/commend-sustainable-palm-oil-harvesting/ Thank Palm Oil business for its sustainable practice, & encourage the Co- to remain at the forefront of sustainability. Source: Ana M.
One aspect to making change in the world is education within school systems. These 3 Videos would be good for any teachers in Care2 to show their classes...the Videos show what Rainforests do (ecosystem balance), what Deforestation looks like & what it means, & how to restore Rainforest. The Videos are designed to show children exactly, from beginning to end - why it is important! All are very good & have not yet been watched very much. Now - how do we get this out to all the teachers on Care2??? Source: Col N.
SOS Schools Pack Part 1: Rainforests http://youtu.be/z5Qf8ZhdxMU
SOS Schools Pack Part 2: Deforestation http://youtu.be/4J9Fi2mjBgk
SOS Schools Pack Part 3: Replanting a Rainforest http://youtu.be/DLq8CEB4rZQ
SOS Videos on Palm Oil & Orangutans http://www.youtube.com/user/SOSorangutans/videos
8) New!! Pet.: Tell the Energy Industry: Our Forests aren’t Fuel! https://secure.nrdconline.org/site/Advocacy;jsessionid=7007F44276CCCBB7F75992D71434D4BA.app337a?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=3245&autologin=true&s_src=EMOFNFPETBGD11131REC&utm_source=link&utm_medium=alert&utm_campaign=email Energy Cos. Enviva LP, Dominion Power & Drax Group are the chief culprits behind the cutting & burning of trees to fuel power plants. Burning trees for electricity creates more carbon pollution than coal, gas & oil & destroys our irreplaceable native forests. Tell these Corporations to stop burning our Southern forests for fuel & to invest in clean energy alternatives instead. Source: Ana M.
Col N.: “Pls sign Tell the Forest Industry our Forests aren't Fuel. I have personally seen something of the security at a "Drax Plant" in Yorkshire, England. Situated on the banks of the river Ouse. It is windowless & built like a fortress. It's trains (carrying the wood pellets) look like steel military tanks & they arrive at the plant constantly. The river Ouse is tidal. Opposite the plant is a Sea Barrage lock (to take boaters off the tidal Ouse onto the river Derwent). Just recently, a group of holiday cannoeists stopped for a rest on the banks of the river Ouse, near to the Sea Barrage & opposite the Drax Plant. Their intentions were to have a picnic. Instead, police cars arrived with sirens blazing... they were all arrested & taken away. One of the canoeists, asked the lock keeper if he'd keep an eye on their stuff. The lock keeper was also interviewed by the police... he was shocked to find that the DRAX plant security had summoned the police to have the canoists arrested. He said to us "these people do not anyone near the plant!" This is really happening...we live in a world of secrecy & lies about how our energy is being produced. Most of the population lives in blissful ignorance."
10) New!! Pledge: I'm doing my bit for Rainforests https://rainforestrescue.sky.com/what-you-can-do/join The Amazon is the largest Rainforest on Earth. But every minute, an area the size of 3 football pitches is destroyed. Forever. Pledge now & we'll help you get started with reducing your impact on the rainforest. Cher C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3661997
12) New!! Pet.: Tell the major toilet paper companies to stop cutting down Forests http://www.thepetitionsite.com/774/971/804/tell-the-major-toilet-paper-companies-to-stop-cutting-down-forests/ Author: Ronan P.; Target: Cottonelle, Scott, Kleenex & others - Each year 50,000 species of trees die from deforestation. 98 million of those trees are killed so that humans can wipe their butts with them. We Humans use 1.66 million sheets in our lives & 9 sheets every time we go to the loo. At this rate there are 270,000 trees being killed a day for toilet paper & some Cos. are thriving from it. Tell the toilet paper giants that we want & need recycled toilet paper so that we can help lessen the impact we have on the planet & let our children grow up in the same environment that we have. Source: Ronan Pettit
Why we MUST save our Rainforests: Summary Petitions List:
13) New!! Pet.: Save Mau Forest Complex in Kenya http://www.thepetitionsite.com/342/938/973/save-mau-forest-complex-in-kenya/ Assign it a Nat.l park & UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mau Forest is the main water catchment area in Kenya. Millions of people & animals depend on it. Its destruction will lead to a chain ECOLOGICAL disasters. It’s home to many Species of animals, incl. rare bongo Antelope & Elephants. Until now, measures for forest conservation didn’t yield results. Maybe the only way to save forest is to show its importance & that you have to fight for it. In the Mau Forest as in the Serengeti & Amboseli Nat.l Parks can develop tourism, from which benefit both animals & people. Source: Sau T.
14) New!! Pet. SAVE Aru Island http://www.change.org/id/petisi/pak-sbyudhoyono-pak-zul-hasan-batalkan-izin-penebangan-hutan-kepulauan-aru Indonesian Sugar Company poised to destroy half of island paradise's Forests An Indonesian plantation Co. may be preparing to destroy up to half of the natural Forests on Indonesia's remote Aru Islands. The impacts on Aru's legendary Biodiversity — on land & in the surrounding marine ecosystems — would be devastating. “If the Menara Group moves ahead with their plans for Sugarcane plantations & massive conversion of natural Forest, Biodiversity in both land & the waters of Aru Islands will become extinct”. "Conversion to [plantations] would destroy of Habitat for various Species endemic to the Wallacea region, incl. birds of paradise (Paradisaea apoda), tree kangaroos (Dendrolagus sp), black cockatoos (Prebosciger aterrimus), aru-crested cockatoos (Cacatua galerita eleonora), & cassowary (Casuarius casuarius)". The concessions would also impact local communities — which have struggled in the past with ethnic & religious conflict. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3753058