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// This speaks for itself//

Image sourced from The Rainforest Alliance (another post here)

// The Rainforest Alliance triple donations until January//

If your heart is in saving the rainforest, now’s a good time to make a donation. 

Until 6 January 2012 The Rainforest Alliance are tripling all donations made to their campaigns. 

This means if you donate €1, the Alliance will triple your donation to €3 at no extra cost to you. The money comes from a challenge fund set up by their Directors and will hopefully inspire some Christmas funding!

The Rainforest Alliance acts to protect the world’s rainforests by conserving biodiversity and promoting sustainability. They preserve the environment and protect the livelihoods of local communities who are threatened by deforestation, caring for planet and people. I like them because they are sensible about the problems. They work with unavoidable businesses to ensure environmental standards are maintained. 

Source: The Rainforest Alliance’s official website.

They work with agricultural and forestry industries, tourism and environmental education programmes to keep rainforest conservation at the top of everybody’s agenda. You may recognise their green frog symbol (below) which credits, for example, various coffee and chocolate brands with their environmental standards. I recommended them before in my Green Halloween (food) post.


Here are some videos explaining more about their work. If you like the sound of it, spread the news of their triple donation offer!

In the Forest - Rainforest Alliance Forestry Overview from Rainforest Alliance on Vimeo.

Rainforest Alliance Tourism Overview from Rainforest Alliance on Vimeo.

Rainforest Alliance Agriculture Overview from Rainforest Alliance on Vimeo.

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// Film Activism: In the Amazon with Nicola Peel//

I found this lady featured in The Ecologist. She’s a good example for young film activists to observe. Having recieved no formal training on ecology or documentary filmmaking Nicola Peel has made an active contribution to Amazonian communities through pure pluck and spirit. Yes, she comes from a comparatively rich Western European background, reflecting herself upon her own priviledges, but Peel is self-taught and self-motivated and a good one to follow.

Source: Jane Goodey for The Ecologist.

Every culture speaks a different symbolic language, adheres to different emotive styles. Every culture, every community needs its own reporter to share the facts of environmental abuse from across the world. Do you understand your own community? Perhaps you could adopt this role. It may seem impossible, but there are people who travel the globe to ensure others back home understand the truth. Such as Nicola Peel and her documentary on Oil in the Amazon.

Here’s an introduction to her film Blood of the Amazon.

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// Endangered Species: Gorilla//

I was born in Cambridge, England. It is famous for its University. 

My school overlooked the Botanical gardens, and it was this world that shaped my beliefs. The world that discovered DNA, the Big Bang and Charles Darwin’s theories on Evolution. I have studied theology all my life, but I believe in Evolution. 

Charles Darwin by John Collier, 1896

and so I believe humanity evolved over time, and perhaps once we were similar to the gorilla. You will find endless scientific studies reporting on the connection between people and apes. WWF states:  In fact, all members of this [ape] family share possibly more than 97% of [our] DNA. ‘ They share our capacity to use tools, to create solutions, to form emotional relationships. They are incredible animals. Whether you believe in Evolution or not, I hope we all believe in protecting the gorilla from extinction. 

(Photo: Silverback Mountain Gorilla by Michael Nichols)

Why are they endangered?

It’s the same story, and humanity’s to blame. 

Logging

Our destruction of African forests destroys the gorilla’s natural habitat alongside entire ecosystems. Many species struggle under this destruction to find the food, fresh water and shelter they need to survive. Why are we doing this? Mostly for the resource of wood which is sold to international markets.

Poaching

Poverty

Social and environmental injustice, poverty… the inequality within our own species effects the wildlife around us:

Source: The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund

Support the NGO’s and Trusts established to protect and save Gorillas. There are hundreds of people working hard every day to combat Gorilla extinction and preserve ecological worlds. They need money and social support.

The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International


The Jane Goodall Institute

WWF

Learn where your paper and wood products come from. If you must buy new materials, ensure they are certified as sustainably produced. Check out The Forest Stewardship Council.

 

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