The above statement is taken directly form the Rainforest alliance website. As stated above they are a not for profit organisation helping to restore forests and prevent further deforestation; helping to restore bio-diversity through landscape management, and protection of rivers and streams.
They state that agriculture is the cause of 80% of tropical deforestation, and results in billions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year. Those stats are not the current situation after years of pollution, but what is currently happening each year! Through support and education, the rainforest alliance works with farmers to increase their crop yields using the land space they already have thus reducing further deforestation to free up land for crops and increasing the livelihoods of farmers.
But why is this work so important?
Our entire eco-system needs to be balanced. Without balance, the global impacts could be catastrophic. Many species of animals and plants are on the verge of extinction due to the impact humans have had on their natural habitats. Every time the planet loses a species, the eco-system and food chain becomes unbalanced; this has a knock-on effect on the environment and further up the food chain. As the population of the planet keeps increasing year on year, extra pressure is placed on agriculture to provide foods. These foods need space to grow, space which isn’t readily available. Often, deforestation creates the extra space required. Deforestation can cause extinction of plant species, loss of animal habitat, cause erosion of the ground and reduce soil fertility. All of which lead to an extremely poor eco-system, with natural life and crops that can barely survive in the poor soil conditions.
Forests are also the best defence against climate change. As the population grows recycling is becoming ever more popular and necessary to maintain our current way of life. However, people do not think about the quality of the air we breathe and how this air also needs to be recycled. Trees and plant life are the largest form of recycling on the planet and are key to human survival. CO2 emissions are absorbed by trees, recycled and excreted as Oxygen. Fresh clean oxygen that the world and all it’s habitants need to survive.
Everything matters. Therefore, now more than ever, we need to start protecting our land, and the animals that share that land, whilst educating farmers on how to improve productivity of the space they currently have available. This is what the rainforest alliance is all about.
For more information on the rainforest alliance, the work they do and what they have achieved over the years, follow the link below.