THE RAINFOREST TRUST
For every Gallery Mat sold, we donate an acre of land to the Rainforest Trust.
Rainforest Trust purchases and protects the most threatened tropical forests, saving endangered wildlife through partnerships and community engagement. These communities are engaged through the creation of sustainable economic opportunities for local men and women, including training as forest guards, wildlife monitors and ecotourism guides, their reserves are exemplary models of international conservation.
Trees and other plants, like all living things, are made up of carbon. But when forests are cleared or burned, much of that carbon ends up in the atmosphere — similar to burning fossil fuels. This carbon changes the planet’s climate and contributes to rising temperatures, stronger storms, more severe droughts and rising sea levels.
Deforestation is a significant contributor of climate change-causing greenhouse gases. Studies indicate that tropical deforestation accounts for up to 15% of net global carbon emissions each year. 1. That’s about the same as every car, truck, bus, plane, ship and train on the planet combined. 2. That’s because nearly 70,000 acres of tropical forest are lost every day. 3. But if you prevent deforestation, all that carbon remain safely stored away in the forests. So by protecting forests, Rainforest Trust prevents deforestation — and by doing so, prevents emissions.
"Halting tropical deforestation and allowing for regrowth could mitigate up to 50% of net global emissions through 2050."
But preventing deforestation doesn’t just prevent emissions. Studies have shown that halting tropical deforestation and allowing for regrowth could mitigate up to 50% of net global emissions through 2050.1 By protecting habitat for endangered species, Rainforest Trust prevents carbon emissions and safeguards the planet’s resilience to climate change. We’ve already protected 18 million acres around the world and we’re not slowing down.
The carbon stored in these acres adds up. Two of our flagship projects in Peru, the Sierra del Divisor project and the Airo Pai Community Reserve project, store the equivalent of over 1 billion and 292 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, respectively. Together.
You can have an Impact!
Millions and millions of tons of carbon are stored in their projects around the world. Imagine the impact you could have on this world by ensuring that critical habitat for endangered species is protected and the carbon held within is kept there forever. The Conservation Action Fund helps to support the most urgent projects around the world. There are many, many wonderful projects they are working on. For more information and how to help the projects you love, follow the link below.