1. Adopt Part Of A Rain Forest.
There are a number of rain forest organizations where you can adopt an
acre or more of endangered rain forest by making a monetary
contribution. In this way you know exactly what you donation will be
used for. This link takes you to the Adopt A Rain Forest page:
Adopt A Rain Forest
2. Purchase Only Certified
Sustainable Harvested Wood. This is wood that is produced in
well-managed forests. There are hundreds of private landowners, forest
managers, manufactures and retailers that now produce and supply wood
products from these sustainable forests. They are supported by a network
of independent certification organizations that assess their management
practices under a stringent set of environmental and social criteria.
Only those who meet these standards are certified, and it is from these
suppliers that you will want to purchase wood products.
Don't purchase or use exotic woods that come
from tropical rain forests. If you are building or remodeling your house
and your builder suggests tropical hardwoods from rainforests in Brazil
or other parts of the world for your floor, tell him no, and then why.
3. Consider Using
Alternative Materials For Building Projects. Especially those
made from recycled materials, wood and plastics especially.
4. Use Recycled Paper,
Preferably With 100% "Post Consumer Content." This means the
paper is completely "tree-free", that no tree has been destroyed in
making the paper.
5. Purchase Fair Trade Coffee,
Organically Grown Bananas and Rainforest
Alliance Certified Products. Bananas and coffee are the two major rain
forest food crops. Buy only those products that are grown in a
sustainable and organic way. One way you can tell is if the
Rainforest Alliance Certified Label is present. The Rainforest Alliance
is one of the major organizations in the world helping to save
rainforests from further destruction. If you shop wisely, you will be helping the farmers who grow
the crops and also helping protect the environment at the same time.
WHAT IS FAIR TRADE? The
United States consumes one-fifth of all the world's coffee, making it
the largest consumer in the world. But few Americans realize that
agriculture workers in the coffee industry often toil in what can be
described as "sweatshops in the fields." Many small coffee farmers
receive prices for their coffee that are less than the costs of
production, forcing them into a cycle of poverty and debt.
Fair Trade is a viable solution to this crisis,
assuring consumers that the coffee we drink was purchased under fair
conditions. To become Fair Trade certified, an importer must meet
stringent international criteria; paying a minimum price per pound of
$1.26, providing much needed credit to farmers, and providing technical
assistance such as help transitioning to organic farming. Fair Trade for
coffee farmers means community development, health, education, and
Five Basics Steps To Saving Rainforests
TREES is a concept that was originally developed for
use in elementary school education but is an excellent slogan in the
fight to save rain forests, and endangered ecosystems in general .
- Teach others about
the importance of the environment and how they can help save
- Restore damaged ecosystems
by planting trees on land where forests have been cut down.
- Encourage people to live in
a way that doesn't hurt the environment.
- Establish parks to protect
rainforests and wildlife.
- Support companies that
operate in ways that minimize damage to the environment