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Rainforest Action Network has spent a lot of time investigating rainforest issues and we've come to the conclusion that the rainforests facing the most urgent threats are currently in Indonesia and Malaysia. Horrifyingly, Indonesia ranks third in total global greenhouse emissions--behind China and the United States--due to the uncontrolled clearing and burning of its rainforests and peatlands. If we don’t mount an all out effort to protect Indonesia’s forest landscapes, we will not only see climate emissions continue to skyrocket but we will lose unique cultures and livelihoods and irreplaceable animals like the orangutan forever.
At 6.5 million acres, Indonesia's Leuser Ecosystem is a world unto itself—a rich and verdant expanse of intact tropical lowland rainforests, cloud draped mountains and steamy peatlands. It is among the most biodiverse and ancient ecosystems ever documented by science, and it is the last place on Earth where Sumatran orangutans, elephants, tigers, rhinos and sun bears still roam side by side.
But the Leuser Ecosystem exists at a tenuous crossroads. Despite being protected under Indonesian national law, massive industrial development for palm oil, pulp and paper plantations and mining threaten the entire ecosystem, as well as the continued wellbeing of the millions of Acehnese people who depend on it for their food, water and livelihoods. RAN is committed to our partners on the ground in Indonesia and Malaysia and we are dedicated to seeing these commitments through.
Learn more: ran.org/issue/leuser/
To be honest, there is not a per-acre cost as true protection is an on-going process that requires different things for different areas as well as continued follow-up. Protect-an-Acre was created as an alternative to programs in which non-residents directly purchase rainforest land. These “buy an acre” programs, while sometimes expanding protected areas, often fail to address the needs of local forest communities. Most programs do not take into account the fact that these communities already “own” and care for these lands that are being purchased from under them.
Traditional communities are found in most existing intact rainforest areas, and have lived off of the land for millennia. Areas that are uninhabited are essentially unprotected, even if acquired by a purchase program. It is not uncommon for loggers, oil companies, farmers, cattle ranchers or miners to invade regions rich in trees and minerals, even if they are supposedly “protected” by park status or land deeds. Recent studies add to the growing body of evidence that Indigenous peoples are better protectors of their forests than governments or industry.
The Protect-an-Acre program, by supporting the efforts of traditional forest peoples, helps rainforest inhabitants gain recognition of their ancestral rights and traditional ways of life.
You can learn more at https://www.ran.org/campaign/provide-direct-funding-to-the-grassroots/
Preserving rainforests, protecting the climate, and upholding human rights are all the same fight. Our natural systems depend on everything fitting together just right. The relationship between the health of our rainforests and the health of our climate (and ultimately the health of our communities) is a particularly important synergy.
The world’s natural forests help absorb the carbon that we release into the atmosphere from burning fossil fuels. In this way, healthy forests absorb and store vast quantities of carbon, helping to regulate temperature and generate rain. The “lungs of the planet” in action.
Horrifyingly, we are currently witnessing a devastating one-two punch to the climate and our forests. As fossil fuel emissions continue to climb, the changing climate makes standing forests more vulnerable to insect outbreaks, droughts and wildfires. Simultaneously, when our forests are destroyed their carbon is released back into the atmosphere, further impacting the climate.
The health of our forests and the health of our climate are inextricably linked. This is the web of life, and it’s what we need to protect.
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At RAN, we target the companies and industries that act as the greatest drivers of deforestation and climate change. Chase has been a consistent bad actor, funding fossil fuel expansion projects that devastate the environment and violate human rights, particularly Indigenous rights. We’ve decided enough is enough, and are joining communities and organizations around the world in a bold campaign to hold Chase accountable.
With almost two decades of experience with Wall Street banks, and building on the momentum from a number of Indigenous and grassroots-led fights, we are undertaking a critical campaign. It’s time to get JPMorgan Chase out of fossil fuels to protect human rights, especially Indigenous rights, and ensure a livable future.
The era of big banks avoiding responsibility for the very real world consequences of their investment decisions is over. Emissions have to drop by almost half by 2030, and going forward, Chase’s fossil financing has to match that trajectory. Chase must take responsibility, and play an integral part in initiating the pivot away from fossil fuels.
Will you join us in holding Chase responsible? https://www.ran.org/campaign/stop-banks-funding-climate-chaos/
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