Trees and other plants, like all living things, are made up of carbon. But when forests are cleared or burned, much of that carbon ends up in the atmosphere — similar to burning fossil fuels. This carbon changes the planet’s climate and contributes to rising temperatures, stronger storms, more severe droughts and rising sea levels.
Tropical deforestation accounts for up to 15% of net global carbon emissions each year.
Deforestation is a significant contributor of climate change-causing greenhouse gases. Studies indicate that tropical deforestation accounts for up to 15% of net global carbon emissions each year.1 That’s about the same as every car, truck, bus, plane, ship and train on the planet combined.2 That’s because nearly 70,000 acres of tropical forest are lost every day.3 But if you prevent deforestation, all that carbon remains safely stored away in the forests. So by protecting forests, Rainforest Trust prevents deforestation — and by doing so, prevents emissions.
You can have an impact.
You can have an impact by helping to fund current projects storing vast amounts of carbon. Take a stand for our planet and donate to our new Rainforest Climate Action Fund to support projects that protect forests which cost-effectively store and sequester vast quantities of carbon.
Donating to this fund may be the most efficient way to fight climate change right now. Together, we will work to permanently lock up 15 billion tons of carbon by 2025.
We cannot save the Earth without you. Join our fight to protect forests, keep carbon stored and create a healthier future for our planet and all who rely on it.
We must act now.
- 1 Houghton, R.A. et. al. Nature Climate Change 5 1022-1023 (2015)
- 2 IPCC Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change.
- 3 Global Forest Watch
- 4 Vehicle emissions data from US EPA