Forests are vital to the health of our planet and the survival of countless species. They are home to an estimated 80% of the world's terrestrial biodiversity and play a critical role in maintaining the delicate balance of our global ecosystem. Not only do they provide habitats for wildlife, they also play a crucial role in mitigating the effects of climate change by absorbing and storing carbon, helping regulate the water cycle, and protecting against soil erosion.
Unfortunately, these essential ecosystems are under threat from human activities such as logging, poaching, urbanisation and agriculture. Every day, an estimated 75,000 acres of rainforest are destroyed. This loss of forest cover not only reduces the ability of our planet to fight against climate change, but also leads to the loss of biodiversity and the displacement of communities who depend on these habitats for survival.
Preserving remaining rainforests is one of the most effective interventions currently available for tackling climate change. Although planting new trees is an important aspect, they generally take at least 15 years to become carbon negative. Preserving existing trees however offers an immediate and long-term solution for sequestering carbon. It’s also important to note that the livelihoods of communities who depend on the forests for their survival must be taken into consideration when pursuing conservation efforts. This is why collaboration with local communities is crucial, and why long-term connections with trusted partners are key to ensuring that protection is maintained.
To protect forests, we must invest in worldwide conservation projects dedicated to preserving them. Fortunately, there are a few standout charities making significant strides in this area through land acquisition, tree planting, and the interception of harmful development projects.
2 Selected Charities
Tythe supports these Forest Conservation charities, selected by analysts at Giving is Great because of their high impact.
It’s a well-known fact that rainforests are hotspots for biodiversity, teeming with endangered wildlife. They also play a vital role in storing and sequestering vast quantities of carbon from our atmosphere. But despite this, it’s estimated that 70,000 acres of rainforest are destroyed every day for logging, agricultural, mining and development purposes.
Rainforest Trust UK works in partnership with Rainforest Trust in the US to protect these incredible ecosystems. To date Rainforest Trust has protected over 37 million acres, and aims to protect another 125 million acres by 2025. At the crux of the organisation’s approach is land acquisition. By converting threatened land into private reserves, national parks and community managed areas, they’re able to leave the rainforest untouched as vital habitat for endangered species and protection against climate change.
Why we think they’re great
We’re right behind Rainforest Trust's bottom-up approach, as they always work in partnership with trusted local NGOs and indigenous communities. In doing so they’ve created a sustainable model which respects not only the rainforests, but also the communities who call them home.
Patronised by Sir David Attenborough himself, the World Land Trust is an international conservation charity focused on protecting the world's most threatened habitats and wildlife.
Through a winning combination of land acquisition, reforestation and reserve management, the WLT have successfully protected forests, grasslands, wetlands and mountains from the threat of development, logging and poaching.
By partnering with a worldwide network of conservation NGOs and through their public figure contacts, the charity is able to have a wide-reaching impact. To date, they've protected over 2 million acres of land and have planted over 2 million trees as well as successfully intercepting environmentally harmful development projects.
Why we think they're great
WLT recognises the importance of land being owned by local people and we have big respect for that. By placing land in the hands of local conservation experts and by employing local people they've been able to empower communities and raise environmental awareness.
Other selected causes:
💨 Carbon Reduction
If we want to sustain life on this planet we need to cut our carbon emissions, while also dealing with the excess of carbon in our atmosphere already wreaking havoc on our climate. Science is leading the way in this field and there are some exciting innovations.
🐋 Marine Conservation
The ocean is a total powerhouse when it comes to regulating the Earth’s climate, yet human actions have wreaked havoc on marine ecosystems. In order to rebalance our planet, we must protect our oceans and revolutionise the way we fish, the world over.
🌲 Forest Conservation
Forests are home to 80% of terrestrial biodiversity and store vast quantities of carbon, but 75,000 acres are being destroyed every day by logging, poaching and agriculture.
🌞 Climate Resilience
Poverty and climate change are cruelly interlinked and this is especially true when you look at access to clean energy and water. Projects that champion clean energy solutions and which work to create climate-resilient communities are an integral part of the fight to save our planet.
🥕 Food & Agriculture
Food, agriculture and the climate crisis are inextricably linked. Fortunately there are sustainable food organisations and forward thinking farmers out there fighting for positive change. These are the people we need to get behind.
📚 Education & Advocacy
Don’t underestimate the power of a well informed public - this puts pressure on governments and businesses, and that drives change. These organisations are enabling systemic change among the mainstream by educating and challenging the status quo.
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