Yesterday was #WorldRainforestDay!
What is a rainforest? – A rainforest is simply a forest that gets a lot more rain than an ordinary forest.
Fun facts about rainforests:
- Millions of people with diverse cultures, knowledge and traditions live in rainforests all around the world.
- Rainforest ecosystems blanket only 6% of the Earth but are home to around 50% of land-based wildlife.
- Rainforests draw carbon out of the atmosphere and store it in the soil and the trees.
- Rainforests help regulate climate across entire continents through the cycling and transportation of water.
- Rainforests stabilize the Earth where they grow, preventing erosion and protecting us from floods and droughts.
Although tropical rainforests are being destroyed at a rate of 3.2 million hectares (more than 3 million baseball fields!) a year since 2002, we have an opportunity to restore what’s been lost. The United Nations Environment programme has declared 2021-2030 the Decade of Ecosystem Restoration.
What can you do at home to protect the rainforests?
Change the way you eat! Every day, rainforests are cut down to create space for more livestock and the crops that feed them. By harnessing the power of plants and fungi to change your diet, you can reduce the demand for meat from livestock, help protect forests AND restore the wild. Eating more plants or swapping to buy your meat from local farms or butchers can help protect the wild that’s left and restore the rest.
What are Dynamo doing to help?
Dynamo work with Ecologi to support sustainability projects across the globe. One of the projects that we are currently supporting is the ‘Preserving Amazonian rainforest in Brazil’ project. The objective of this Brazilian Amazon ‘REDD’ project is to avoid emissions from planned deforestation on a property in Para State, in the Eastern Amazon of Brazil. The property includes five forest areas: Rio Capim, Poty, Cauaxi, Sumal and Caculé, totalling over 200,000 hectares. This project will preserve 27,434.9 hectares of native forest within the site, which had previously been designated for deforestation in order to clear the land for livestock pasture.
It is estimated that the project activity will avoid over 9.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions over 10 years – which would have been emitted in the absence of the project.
To find out more about this project, please visit: https://ecologi.com/projects/preserving-amazon-rainforest-in-brazil
Sources: ReWILD https://www.rewild.org/