10 Things You Can Do
To Save The Rainforest
Pick One Easy Step to Save the Rainforest
Sure, governments can create laws to stop deforestation, but what can you do save the rainforest? It turns out quite a bit. Choose just one thing on this list and start making a difference. Over time add more actions and make an ever bigger difference.
Just say NO
One way to save the rainforest? Avoid Palm Oil. Palm oil, found in half of all processed foods in the US, and many common household products is a key contributor to rainforest deforestation! Read your food and product labels carefully and refuse to buy products with palm oil or insist on sustainable alternatives.
Learn about Palm Oil
Fundraise for us!
Music isn’t just universal — it’s a huge part of our heritage. From concerts in large venues like those Sting used to finance the Rainforest Foundation at its inception, to smaller concerts at your local coffee shop or bar music is a great opportunity to strengthen your community while fighting to save the rainforest! While many of our fundraisers have been musical events, they don’t have to be–your imagination is the only limit! Rainforest defenders have sold lemonade, held poetry slams, organized talks on the rainforest and run marathons. Contact us with your idea!
Contact us with your idea!
Share one of
our stories online!
Like us on Facebook. How does this help?
The more people know what is happening to rainforests and the Indigenous communities who rely on them the more likely they are to help! Governments need to know that their citizens care and that people around the world are watching; by sharing on social media we help to hold them accountable. Today nations around the world are making commitments to protect our forests and reduce climate change–help them keep their promises. Knowledge helps! Speaking out helps!
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Choose Environmentally Responsible Products!
It’s best to buy less. But when you do buy choose companies that donate to environmental causes like Irving Farm Coffee’s Rainforest Foundation Project Coffee or Teadora’s skin care products. Irving Farm’s Rainforest Foundation Project Coffee–they not only source their coffee from cooperatives in Peruvian and Honduran rainforests–they give us $1 for every bag sold!
Whether it’s ensuring that your next pair of gold earrings are made from recycled gold, or purchasing Marcal’s recycled toilet paper, there are purchases anyone can choose to avoid that can save the rainforest. Logging is a major driver of long term rainforest destruction. Avoiding guitars, furniture and other products made from threatened rainforest woods like: Mahogany, Rosewood and Ebony is a great start, but avoiding all tropical hardwoods is even better! Learn more about logging and mining and their effects on our rainforests!
Learn about logging Learn about mining
Create a Habitat
for migrating animals!
Whether you have a backyard, balcony or window sill, you can help migrating birds on their way home. It’s easy and fun! Just plant native plants, bird and insect attracting flowers, or even just hang up a bird bath or bird house. All of these help migrating birds make it to the rainforests of Central and South America. By giving them food water and shelter or even just giving the insects they eat a little room to thrive you help the amazing migrations that our winged friends make every year.
Contact governments and
insist on change!
In Peru only 50 indigenous communities have gotten #landrights since 2007 while at the same time 35,658 mining concessions have been approved. That is because it is far easier to get a logging permit, mine, or explore for oil than it is for Indigenous communities to title their lands; a community must go through 27 onerous steps to get a title, frequently facing government inactivity along the way while a logging permit only requires 3 steps! Email the Peruvian President and insist that the government streamline the process to title indigenous lands.
Will this really make a difference? Yes. Change can happen but only when we insist that governments honor their promises and follow their laws. Emailing and writing to pressure governments has saved forests and changed lives!
Email Peru’s President
Support Indigenous Communities!
Buying ethically sourced indigenous crafts, fair trade products, or visiting communities responsibly are both fun and effective ways to help the rainforest. They give you an opportunity to learn about new cultures, provide much needed income, and help the world learn about indigenous communities of the rainforest
Reduce your footprint!
We are all connected: the Rainforest doesn’t just protect us from climate change, climate change puts our rainforests at risk! So consider reducing your dependence on oil and just consuming less. There are lots of easy ways to get started: limit new purchases, bike to school or to work, set your thermostat a couple of degrees lower in the winter, add solar panels to the roof of your home, eat locally-produced foods by shopping at farmers markets, recycle, look for wind or solar powered electricity providers and make the switch!
Make a Donation!
Make sure the next generation of Rainforest Defenders has something to protect! Our Rainforests are disappearing at an alarming rate but there is a solution that works. Make sure those who have always protected our forests can continue to do so. Indigenous communities have a long track record of successfully protecting the rainforest. Satellite images and drone footage now prove it is true the best protected rainforests aren’t part national parks, private land or owned by the state, they are lands owned collectively by indigenous communities.
make a difference
Just $5 protects one acre of rainforest land.