Photo: Neil Palmer
Climate Change and Our Rainforests
After years of research, there is no longer any doubt that climate change is not just occurring, but that it is caused by human actions—mostly by our reliance on fossil fuels, but also by the massive deforestation that has occurred in the 20th and 21st centuries. By protecting our forests, we help fight the worst effects of climate change.
What is climate change?
Climate change refers to the increase in the Earth’s average temperature experienced over the last century, and projected to continue into the next. In the last hundred years, the global temperature has risen by 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit. Less than 1.5 degrees doesn’t sound like a big difference but that small change in temperature is leading to dramatic changes on our planet.
What are the consequences of climate change?
Sunset over the Amazon–It’s not just beautiful, the Amazon is one of the frontlines of the battle against Climate Change (Photo Sara and Tzunki)
What do rainforests have to do with climate change?
Why does deforestation matter?
But there is a solution!
Indigenous and community ownership and management of our rainforest lands. Multiple Studies have demonstrated that when Indigenous communities have the legal right to their land two things happen:
For example in Brazil, which has relatively strong (though certainly far from perfect) protections for indigenous ands. The areas demarcated for and managed by Indigenous communities the forests are healthier and store 36% more carbon per acre and emit 27 times less carbon dioxide from deforestation than forests without the same protection.
So, how can you help?
Don’t make these brave communities fight for our planet alone!