We are passionate about protecting the Amazon rainforest and other endangered ecosystems by creating protected areas in concert with local communities and governments.
Protecting the Amazon Rainforest
The Amazon is the world's largest rainforest - roughly the size of the continental U.S. - and is home to a stunning number of unique and endangered species. Much of our food comes from the Amazon, including coffee, bananas and chocolate. More importantly, the Amazon produces more than 20% of the world's oxygen and influences rainfall patterns as far away as the U.S. Though it may seem like light years away, ecologically speaking it is right here in our own backyard.
It's clear that what happens to the Amazon affects us all. In the past 40 years, nearly 20% of it has been destroyed. While the deforestation rate has slowed in recent years, it still accounts for nearly 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions, which is more than all of the cars, buses and planes combined.
We're battling deforestation right at the source. For over a decade we've been partnering with governments and communities in Latin America to create protected areas, such as the 977,660 acre Maijuna-Kichwa Reserve in the Amazon of Peru (the size of 10 Manhattans). We also work with local and indigenous communities to develop sustainable industries that leave the forest intact. To date, we've worked with seven of Ecuador's 13 indigenous groups and helped double the income of over 300 communities. And, we do all of this with less than 10% overhead costs.
If you're interested in having an impact on the ground, make a donation today to help scale the impact of our work. We appreciate your support!