Rainforests are vital for the survival of life on Earth. We depend on the Amazon rainforest alone for 20% of the oxygen we breathe and the freshwater we drink. They absorb our carbon dioxide, stabilize climate patterns, and are home to half the world’s plant and animal species.
Yet every minute, we lose 40 football fields of rainforests, which threatens our biodiversity and imperils our planet’s health. Deforestation causes 15% of global carbon dioxide emissions that accelerate climate change—more than from all cars in the U.S. and China combined. Natural climate solutions like protecting and restoring forests, however, could reverse global emissions by a third.
World Rainforest Day celebrates this precious natural resource and encourages action to preserve it. Your efforts, together with the actions of others, will have a positive impact on rainforests and the climate worldwide.
Several events will take place throughout the day. Take a look at the Live Event Schedule by visiting: https://worldrainforestday.org/schedule/
Simple ways you can help save rainforests:
- Become informed about the latest threats facing rainforests, such as industrial deforestation, human-caused climate change, and a loss of protected forest areas.
- Volunteer your time or donate to groups working to protect forests
- Be mindful when purchasing products: avoid products such as unregulated palm oil, viscose or rayon, cocoa and beef products. Look for forest-friendly brands!
- Start meaningful conversations about rainforests with friends and family, through social media, and at events.