Did you know that about 80% of global deforestation is actually caused by agricultural production? As a result, we keep losing our forests since we obviously rely on food as our primary sources. That being said, our rainforests can always end up in danger every day, every minute.
That's why it's important for us to learn and be more empathetic towards our environment! Imagine living a life without any fresh water to drink, or fresh air to breathe due to all forests being continuously cut down. Well, to start with, we don't event want to imagine how it would be.
So, in order to raise this particular issue, the Rainforest Partnership created the World Rainforest Day in 2017. Celebrated every 22 June, the day is meant to put the spotlight on any kind of actions we can do to conserve the world's rainforests.
What can you do to take part in the World Rainforest Day? Try these five activities below!
1. Donate to rainforest-related organizations
In the end, donating directly to organizations that are directly involved in the cause is the most important one. It's not about how much you can give, but it's more of how you are willing to participate to help our rainforests stay healthy and safe!
You can donate through any channels that work on this particular issue. And of course, your donation will mean a lot in conserving the wildlife, fighting deforestation, and even educating more people about the importance of our rainforests.
2. Consume less beef
Commonly, we always thought that illegal logging is one of the causes in the decline of rainforests. However, the fact speaks differently. Apparently, meat production, especially beef meats, is the one that contributes into deforestation.
In Latin America, specifically in Brazil, around 2.71 million hectares of tropical rainforest are destroyed every year to convert forest to ranches, for the sake of producing more beef to distribute locally and worldwide.
To prevent such cases, one way that you can try is to consume less beef meats. In this case, it doesn't mean that you have to go vegan. Whenever possible, try consuming more plants that contain protein, or even chicken.
Trust us, if more and more people adopt this lifestyle, it's going to make a difference for our rainforests and climate as well!
3. Avoid unsustainable palm oil
We can't deny that palm oil plays a great role on our lives, from being one of the components on our daily cosmetics to cooking food items. However, one thing you probably don't know is that the palm oil production has become the main cause of deforestation in tropical South East Asia.
During the last 10 years, the number of palm oil plantations have doubled. Moreover, the production also causes wildfires that can threaten not only the habitats around the area, but also pollute the air we breathe.
Although it's difficult to entirely avoid the use of palm oil, you can still take part by shopping selectively.
When you're out for grocery shopping, try to look out for products with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) or Green Palm logo since they already went through strict sustainability criteria in reducing the impacts of palm oil production.
4. Drive less, walk more
Our rainforests play a huge role in reducing the climate change effects. It absorbs carbon dioxide emissions from our activity.
Interestingly, although tropical rainforests only cover 2% of our planet, they can absorb around 1.4 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide each year.
Despite that, we think it's the right time for us to help lessen the burden on our rainforests. Starting from today, you can try driving less vehicles such as car or motorcycle that leave carbon footprints.
If it's possible, you can ride public transportation, or even walk or bike to places near you. These are small things, but they can also create a powerful impact for our nature.
5. Learn and spread your knowledge
There's a saying from Robert Boyce that goes like this: "Knowledge is power. Knowledge shared is power multiplied."
That being said, gaining mere knowledge is not enough. You should also share what you have learned with more people out there!
There are many resources available to learn about rainforests sustainability, so there's no reason for you not to learn. The simplest way is to read from the official World Rainforest Day website (we also learn a lot from this one! 😉), or search for any articles or papers related to the issue.
However, if you're the type who enjoys listening to information, there's also a podcast that raises this particular issue entitled How to Save a Planet. The podcast dives deep into information about the climate change and what we can do to reduce the negative impacts, slipped with some jokes and fun conservations as well.
Now that you've gained enough learning resources, time to share the knowledge with everyone around you! To do so, we highly recommend you to make use of Assemblr. Simply create your AR project, and let our platform does the wonder.
With an engaging visualization, educating people can be more fun and engaging. All people from different ages will certainly absorb the information faster, and hopefully, try to take their parts as well in saving our rainforests.
Happy World Rainforest Day, everyone. Let's reflect and take our actions to create the change for our rainforests! 🌿
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