MCLUS Newsletter October 2010 – Celebrating World Rainforest Week

World Rainforest Week 2010 - October 10-16

Dear Friends,

Globally, rainforest destruction continues at a rapid pace. Working to support the Children’s Eternal Rainforest in Costa Rica we can do things differently. We can choose to purchase, protect and restore. We can make a positive change as we continue to buy rainforest land and increase the size of this special forest and protect it. On behalf of children around the world, the Monteverde Conservation League has preserved 54,000 acres of rainforest. They have a large, exciting vision for the next 25 years.

Rainforest TreesThis week is World Rainforest Week (October 10-16th) and is specially designated to increase awareness of rainforests’ value to our planet. The global rate of destruction of rainforest is estimated to be one acre of rainforest destroyed every 1 to 2.5 seconds. An acre of rainforest is equivalent to about two U.S. football fields. Whether it’s 1 or 2.5 seconds per acre, rainforest continues to vanish at an astonishing pace.

We know that rainforests are places of stunning beauty. They contain over 50% of the world’s biodiversity, yet they cover only 6% of the earth’s land surface. They are the world’s “barometer” and are essential in regulating the earth’s climate. In addition to their environmental benefits, they have great economic benefits. A sustainably managed rainforest has been shown to yield several thousand dollars in annual revenue per acre.

Unite with others and take positive action. Share this newsletter with a friend. Give today and help us support, expand and protect the Children’s Eternal Rainforest. You’ll see more ways to celebrate this special week below.

For the Forest,

Signed, Laurie Waller

Laurie Waller
President
Monteverde Conservation League U.S.
info@mclus.org

Butterfly

Be an advocate for rainforest protection today! Every year, the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) designates a week in October as World Rainforest Week. The goal of this special awareness week is to encourage individuals to recognize the beauty and wonder of the world’s rainforests. It is also a time for individuals around the world to unite in action to help broaden awareness of the threats that the world’s rainforests endure.

Here are some ways you can be an advocate!

Toucan

Be a rainforest educator: Learn about the rainforest and share what you know at a local school or neighborhood group. If you are a teacher in the St. Louis area you can benefit from our tropical rainforest curriculum. Go to mclus.org/curriculum to find teaching resources developed in collaboration with the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Stranded Video

Share our “Stranded” video with a friend: The deforestation surrounding the Children’s Eternal Rainforest is similar to what has happened globally. This short video highlights the problem of deforestation and also shows what you can do to make a difference. You’ll find it on the MCLUS home page at www.mclus.org.

Rainforest Sloth

Be a smart consumer: Check product labels and choose products that do not use palm oil! “Palm oil is a globally traded agricultural commodity that is used in 50 percent of all consumer goods, from lipstick and packaged food to body lotion and bio-fuels. Demand for palm oil in the U.S. has tripled in the last five years, pushing palm oil cultivation into the rainforests and making this crop one of the key causes of global rainforest destruction.” (RAN)

Blog for the Rainforests!: Write a post about World Rainforest Week for any blogs that you are a part of. Share this news with friends on Facebook and other social networks.

Rainforest Treefrog

Donate: Celebrate World Rainforest Week by supporting our work to protect and expand the Children’s Eternal Rainforest.

Click here to donate now to support the Children’s Eternal Rainforest!

Photos courtesy of Dr. Julia Matamoros, Maggie Eisenberger, Merran Waller, and the late Rachel Crandell.