Home to one-third of all species, the Amazon Basin is the planet’s greatest reserve of life forms.
Probably no other place is more critical for human survival than the Amazon. Nearly the size of the continental United States, the Amazon Basin harbors the largest remaining tropical forest on our planet, and:
- Harbors nearly one-third of the planet’s biodiversity.
- The Amazon Rainforest gives us 20% of the oxygen we breath.
- Discharges one-fourth of Earth’s freshwater.
- Is home to indigenous and traditional cultures.
- Plays a key role in global carbon cycles and climate.
But the region faces several threats: over the last 40 years, one-fifth of the Amazon rainforest has been cut down and farms, ranches and roads reach further into it each day.
Conversion to agriculture and cattle ranching is the greatest threat to the Amazon rainforest. At the current rate, scientists predict that more than half of the Amazon could be cleared or severely degraded within decades.
We believes that the key to reverse this trend and reconcile the demand for production with conservation is an extraordinarily prescient Brazilian law – the Forest Code, which says that, in the Amazon, farmers and ranchers should retain 80% of their lands under native vegetation.
We plan on creating realistic incentives for compliance with the law. We will work in several municipalities in the Brazilian Amazon. In addition, we will collaborate with the local government to improve its environmental monitoring system for implementation of Brazil’s Forest Code.
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Planting a tree is a gift for future generations. As the tree grows, it will provide ever more benefits as the decades pass: clean air, clean water, shade, beauty, health, and joy.
It costs less than fifty cents to plant a tree. Make an online donation (see below) to help ensure future generations have beautiful trees and forests. All donations are tax-deductible.
20 trees – $5
Your donation will help us plant 20 multi-purpose trees to benefit both people and the environment
40 trees – $10
Your donation will help us plant 40 multi-purpose trees to benefit both people and the environment.
80 trees – $20
Your donation will help us plant 80 trees, enough trees to renew exhausted soil and increase crop production.
200 trees – $50
Help us plant 200 trees, enough to help replenish critical groundwater supplies and provide for future generations.