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Forests and the climate are inextricably linked.
We’ve always known that rainforests have a profound effect on our weather, regulating rainfall patterns and reflecting sunlight to help insulate the planet. With growing awareness of climate change, it’s clear that rainforests are even more important than most people realized.
Worldwide, the degradation and destruction of forests is responsible for fifteen percent of all annual greenhouse emissions, producing huge emissions as trees and soils are burned (releasing stored carbon into the atmosphere) while eliminating one of our best means of absorbing emissions back into the ground. That’s more than the emissions from all the cars, planes, trucks, buses and trains in the U.S. combined.
At Rainforest Action Network, we believe that protecting forests is an integral part of saving the climate.
Southeast Asia is one of the worst spots for deforestation and climate change. Indonesia alone has become the third largest global greenhouse gas emitter due mainly to deforestation of islands like Borneo and Sumatra.
Saving the rainforest requires the same system changes that stopping fossil fuels does – a new greener world based on sustainability, not consumption.
Our Tropical Forests Program is tackling the two greatest drivers of rainforest destruction in Southeast Asia: industrial palm oil and paper pulp plantations. RAN is focusing on reducing market demand for environmentally and socially irresponsible palm oil and paper products and transforming global supply chains. Working with partners in the U.S, Indonesia and around the world, RAN’s campaigns create the market leverage necessary to improve both corporate and government policies and practices.
You can help stop the destruction of these rainforests and provide a concrete solution to climate change.
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We can’t save the climate if we don’t save the rainforests.