The rainforests are being destroyed at an alarming rate. Thankfully, many groups are working to save the endangered rainforests. The rainforest organisations can use volunteer help, donations and publicity.
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Rainforest Action Network
With a focus on pressuring corporations to change environmentally destructive policies (including Home Depot and Citigroup), this San Francisco-based non-profit also has offices in Tokyo and Edmonton, Canada. According to its mission statement, Rainforest Action Network is "transforming the global marketplace through education, grassroots organising and non-violent direct action."
Putting pressure on oil companies that drill in the Amazon and international financial institutions that organise destructive projects like dams, Amazon Watch conducts campaigns in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. Its focus is on the preservation of the Amazon as well as the rights and self-sufficiency of its indigenous peoples. The organisation thus works to promote both cultural and biological diversity.
Among its priorities, Rainforest Alliance counts curbing climate change, wildlife protection, conservation and poverty alleviation, and the group also focuses not only on the behaviour of businesses but also consumers. Through the use of its "Rainforest Alliance Certified" seal and "Rainforest Alliance Verified" mark, the group encourages businesses to conform to sustainable standards and connects them to consumers who shop with sustainability in mind.
This UK-based group mixes conservation with health and economic programs to benefit indigenous residents of the rainforests. According to its web site, Rainforest Concern oversees "18 conservation projects in 12 countries: Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Romania, Suriname, Costa Rica, Panama, India, Sri Lanka and Uganda."
This group focuses on the connection between protection of indigenous rights and preservation of forest. On its website, it notes, "Recent data in Brazil shows that the deforestation rate in the Amazon was 1 per cent in indigenous areas versus 24 per cent outside of those areas."
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