The Rainforest Trust

While visiting Borneo, and experiencing the biodiversity and energy of the forests first hand, I realised how precious the worlds rainforests are to not only the animals and plants within them, but us humans as well. 

So when I got back to the UK, I contacted a US-based rainforest charity, The Rainforest Trust, to see how I could get involved. I was given the opportunity to do an interview for their website about Borneo (link below). In the interview, I talk about my trip to Borneo, the highlights, awareness about rainforest conservation, and how students and young people can help to get involved in conservation.

You can read my interview here:

Why is rainforest conservation important?
Rainforests are incredibly diverse, covering just 6% of the Earth’s surface, but being home to more than half of all animal and plant species. On top of this, up to a quarter of the ingredients in modern medicines come from plants found in rainforests. And despite this, rainforests are being destroyed at and estimated 150 acres a minute, which is causing the extinction of an estimated 50,000 species every year.

The Rainforest Trust
"Rainforest Trust protects threatened tropical forests and endangered wildlife by partnering with local and community organisations in and around the areas that are being threatened. After we purchase acres of endangered land, we empower local people to help protect it by offering them education, training and employment".

"Rainforest Trust's sole mission is to strategically buy and protect threatened tropical lands to save endangered species."   - Rainforest Trust website

The Rainforest Trust use donations to their various projects to work with local people and organisations and purchase acres of rainforests for protection. I have written blog posts about two of their recent successes: the Sierra del Divisor National Park in Peru, and the Kuamat Forest Reserve in Borneo.

Rainforest conservation isn't a widely talked about issue here in the UK, mainly due to the lack of rainforests close to home, but our planets rainforests are a vital resource, and I believe people around the world should be interested in saving these wonderful habitats.

If you're interested in finding out more about the trust or rainforest conservation, have a look at some of the links below:

Thank you for reading.


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