The best way to reduce your contribution to climate change is to save rainforest from deforestation. The destruction of tropical forests is responsible for up to 15% of net global carbon emissions each year. This is more than what is produced by all of the planet's cars, planes, ships, and trains combined. Every day, more than 28,000 hectares of tropical forest are destroyed. By protecting forests, you can help keep the carbon they store from ending up in the atmosphere.

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Table 1. Reduction of atmospheric emissions (tCO2e per year) from various individual actions. Based on data from: Wynes & Nicholas (2017) and Klitgaard et al. (unpublished). © 2019 Tropical Herping. All rights reserved.

Saving tropical forests from destruction does not only help mitigate climate change, it also helps stop the loss of biodiversity. For example, protecting 1 hectare of Chocó rainforest in Ecuador actually helps save the following number of animal species:

Amphibians

50

Amphibians

Reptiles

74

Reptiles

Mammals

100

Mammals

Birds

401

Birds

Fish

73

Fish

Arthropods

210,000

Arthropods

Only 19.2% of the Chocó rainforest in Ecuador remains

Original extent: 47,896 km2

Remaining: 9,196 km2 -254 km2 per year

Save the Chocó rainforest and start to become carbon neutral. $480 saves one hectare and keeps ~63t of CO2e from going into the atmosphere.

Donations go to Canandé Reserve

In collaboration with:

Save the Chocó
Fundación Jocotoco
Rainforest Trust