What Kids Can Do To Protect the Rainforest
It’s true! You (your family, friends, classmates) can protect a bit of the globally endangered rainforest environment.
Through the fine efforts of the Rainforest Foundation (a well-established nonprofit organization, based in New York) . . . check out this wonderful program. It allows you to donate small amounts of money to support indigenous rights and the environment through the purchase and protection of rainforest lands.
Here is the link to their program to Protect an Acre of rainforest, with a full description of how you can participate.
Yes, this is a great classroom project! They offer tips on class activities, suggesting a goal to raise at least $50.
For every $5 donated, “you preserve one acre of rainforest, enough to produce 3 tons of oxygen per year!”
Rainforest conservation in the hands of indigenous groups is more effective than any other form of conservation, including the establishment of national parks and preserves. For this reason the Rainforest Foundation has developed the Protect an Acre campaign. Your school or class can help protect rainforests by raising funds that will help indigenous people defend their livelihoods, cultures and unmatched rainforest management practices.
How to protect an acre:
Every $50 your class or school raises will help indigenous peoples in Central and South America to secure their rights to 10 acres of their ancestral rainforests. The funds you raise will help indigenous groups map the boundaries of their territories, document their land claims, educate their communities about their rights, and train leaders advocate for their rights with government authorities.
– from the Rainforest Foundation website
We think this is something that every classroom should do.
(And if you do participate, it’s a good time to acquire a copy of Doyli to the Rescue for your school library. The book helps young readers to see the rainforest environment through the eyes of a kid . . . a 10-year-old girl who is taking action herself . . . in Doyli’s case to help rescue a few endangered baby monkeys.
It’s a small thing, some might say.
Others might say:
“Kids deserve the right to think that they can change the world.”
– Lois Lowry
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
– Margaret Mead
“Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.”
– Malala Yousafzai
You can help kids get involved in rainforest protection. Share the link, sign up for the program, organize others who care about the environment, learn why it’s important . . . and make a donation.