Happy World Rainforest Week!
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How will YOU celebrate rainforests from October 17-24? Please add your ideas, activities, and commitments as a comment to this blog to keep our thoughts and actions fresh with new ways to think global and act local.
Here are some ideas from our staff, friends, and activist like YOU about how they will be honoring and sharing the beauty and importance of our world's precious rainforests all week (and beyond!)
1 Be A Rainforest Hero
with the kids and youth in your life to learn about rainforests and their awesome inhabitants. Sign up for yourself or your class to be Rainforest Heroes today!
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2 Watch Green
Watch the films GREEN
and Orang-Rimba: Happiness Lies in the Forest
with your friends or family. GREEN is a powerful, beautiful film that documents orangutan habitat loss in Indonesia through the eyes of one of its victims. The second film documents the impacts of deforestation on Indigenous Peoples, such as the nomadic Orang Rimba who live in the Jambi and Riau provinces of Sumatra. Then, write a letter to one of the companies destroying Indonesia's rainforests telling them to change their practices.
Take a deep breath. Know that rainforests produce 20% of the oxygen we breath. Say thanks!
4 Meet Tiki
- Become friends with Tiki the Tiger on Facebook
- Follow Tiki on Twitter
- Sign Tiki the Tiny Tiger's petition
- Visit TikiTheTiger.com to learn about the cutest, tiniest Sumatran Tiger in the whole wide world- and how YOU can help save his rainforest home.
5 Eat Rainforest Food
Incorporate sustainably-harvested rainforest foods into a meal and savor a taste of what incredible (and delicious) plants have evolved in such biodiverse tropical areas!
6 Love Indonesia's Rainforests
Join our We Love Indonesia's Rainforests Facebook fan page
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7 Protect An Acre
to RAN's Protect-an-Acre fund. PAA is a small grants program which contributes directly to forest communities struggling to protect their rainforest homelands and the natural-resource base on which these communities rely. Learn about
the Zapara People of the Ecuadorian Amazon, our featured PAA grant.
8 Sleuth at the Store
Sleuth out Rainforest-Safe Books at your local bookstore with our free, easy-to-download Sleuth toolkit
9 Get There Without Chevron
Skip the gas station (especially Chevron), ride your bike, walk or take the bus. Learn about what Chevron has dumped in the Amazon and tell Chevron to take responsibility and CLEAN UP ECUADOR
10 Be Brilliant
We want to hear your ideas for how to celebrate World Rainforest Week. Please comment below and let us know how you intend to especially celebrate rainforests this week!