How to Help Save the Rainforest

Among the multitude of habitats that exist on Earth, rainforests, along with coral reefs, are the most crucial for the health of our planet and for the sustenance of all life. More than half of all species that exist on land, live in rainforests. Rainforests are a crucial source of medicine, forest produce for people worldwide, and means of survival for thousands of communities that live in them. However, more crucially, they are a very important source of oxygen for our atmosphere. As explained in the Gaia Theory, the countless life forms that make up rainforests also help regulate the climate and Earth's life systems.

Saving rainforests is a complex task, because the threats that they face are of so many different sorts. Logging is the most obvious threat. However, logging is carried out, not only for hardwood, but also for clearing land for agriculture. This agriculture is not necessarily for local people, but increasingly, for cultivating crops for industries.

You must also understand that rainforests do not simply occur in South America. Rainforests are spread over more than 20 countries in South America, west and central Africa, south Asia and Southeast Asia with varying degrees of law and order. Threats differ from country to country, and it may be impossible to save them all. Therefore, we need to be smart, and prioritize. And for that, you must educate yourself. Here's what you can do!


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    Understand nature. Awareness, above everything else, is crucial to saving rainforests. And you cannot make others aware unless you understand the problem thoroughly. There are many excellent resources for this. Visit your local bookstore, buy books about rainforests, and write to the authors. Watch nature documentaries about rainforests. And above all, read about rainforests online. Mongabay is an excellent web resource for this.
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    Stop wasting water.Don't run the faucet when you are brushing your teeth. Reuse water whenever you can - for example, collect rainwater for water plants (rainwater harvesting is also an excellent way of keeping your bills low!). Do not be wasteful when you water the lawn, or wash your car. And cut down your consumption of meat, and exotic foods, for reasons explained below.
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    Eat less meat. If you research your food, you may be surprised to learn that meat and dairy are not essential for good health - in fact, factory farming practices cause great harm to your body. Although well-balanced vegan diets tend to have minimal impact on the environment, make a start by reducing the consumption of meat and buying your meat locally (or from nearby producers). Even the United Nations has published a report that the meat industry is causing great harm to ecosystems. Firstly, they use too much water - more than 100 times as compared to crops. Secondly, cattle need grain as well, and this is often cultivated by clearing forests. Thus, meat production affects rainforests in more ways than one.
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    Buy your food locally. Eat less exotic food. For one, exotic fruits and other produce are often sourced from countries with tropical climates, and this demand is satisfied by clearing rainforests for their cultivation. Secondly, if you buy locally, you are not only helping the local economy, but also greatly reducing the carbon footprint of the food.
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    Switch to tree free paper.They sell them online or in some craft stores.
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    Research your source of coffee, tea, bananas, rubber and cardboard. These are often cultivated in developing countries by clearing rainforests. To meet increasing demand, more rainforests are cleared. Besides, this, companies that produce them often exploit and underpay farm labor - and these people have to supplement their needs with resources from the rainforest.
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    Boycott produce that comes from unsustainable palm oil. Palm oil is one of the gravest threats to rainforests today - especially to rainforests in southeast Asia. Palm oil is used in a large number of food products and cosmetics, although alternatives exist. Palm oil can be labeled as 'vegetable oil' and the law does not require for their source to be identified. Please research online about companies that use palm oil in their products, boycott them, spread awareness about them.
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    Sign petitions and donate to non-profits that are working for protecting rainforests.
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    Be an eco-tourist. If you are considering a vacation and have some money to spend, consider a trip to a rainforest reserve. Not only will you be educating yourself, but you will also be supporting the economy there, and providing locals with an incentive for protecting their rainforest. Please also find out what countries have policies that are harming rainforests, boycott them, and let them know why they won't be having you as a tourist.


  • You may think that you are far from any rainforest, and cannot help it, but that is simply not true. We live in a highly interconnected world, and your choices have a great impact on the rest of the world. You can be a powerful icon for change. The key to saving rainforests is self education and spreading awareness. Never think that you are too insignificant, and never give up!

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