It’s too easy to get caught up in the bigger picture, thinking our actions as individuals do not have a role to play in helping to protect entire ecosystems, especially as large and complex as rainforests. Collectively though, our actions, as small as they may appear to us, matter. Everything we do has an impact on the world around us.
This #WorldRainforestDay, here’s 5 small ways you can help save rainforests in Asia:
1. Visit a rainforest in Asia (responsibly)
Travel might be difficult at the moment but make sure to add visiting a rainforest in Asia to the top of your bucket list. It isn’t just an opportunity to see some of the world’s most elusive species and impressive landscapes, it’s also a chance to travel responsibly and support rainforest conservation. For those wanting to visit Cambodia’s famous Cardamom Mountains, Chi Phat and Steung Areng Community Based Ecotourism Projects allows tourists to get off the beaten track whilst also supporting rainforest conservation.
2. Reduce your footprint
They might be one of the Earth’s greatest weapons against climate change, but they’re also extremely vulnerable to it. Reducing your carbon footprint can start with small steps: taking public transport, driving less, and eating less meat all help. Offsetting can also help reduce your remaining carbon footprint, with industries such as airlines starting to offer customers the chance to pay into environmental projects that offset your emissions.
3. Share your voice
It’s not just in the field, conservation is also being carried out behind closed doors. Social media has given people the ability to share the voice, influence decisions and educate the masses. Checkout the #FollowTheFrog campaign by Rainforest Alliance, encouraging consumers to not only buy Rainforest Alliance Certified products but to also share their stories with the rest of the world on why it’s important.
4. Make an ecopledge
What if all of us could combine our voices to shout out loud and proud for nature? Myecopledge gives people the opportunity to make a pledge and to shout about them. Whether it’s pledging to reduce your power consumption at home or to move all of your banking to an ethically-led bank, it all contributes to a healthier planet and, therefore healthier, rainforests. Why not make a pledge this #WorldRainforestDay?
5. Support organisations working to protect rainforests in Asia
A huge number of organisations are doing great work on the ground to protect Asia’s heavily threatened rainforests. You can directly support Wildlife Alliance’s rangers who patrol and protect 1.4 million hectares of the Cardamom Mountains rainforest in Cambodia by either sponsoring a ranger station or directly donating today.
Our forest rangers work tirelessly to protect some of the world’s most endangered animals in one of Southeast Asia’s last great rainforests.
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