Friday, 17 June 2011

Recycle and you could help the rainforest

I don't normally just pass on information that I get via a press release but this is such a good idea we should all know about it and get involved.


Baka, Cameroon

Every year an area of rainforest the size of England and Wales is cut down and local people left homeless. This is catastrophic and in terms of the CO2 emissions has a more detrimental effect than all of the world's planes, trains and cars put together, plus the animals and plants of the forest suffer, some being driven to extinction.  So although the tropical rainforest isn't exactly on our doorstep we are all affected by it's loss. The Rainforest Foundation has tackled deforestation locally and globally since 1989 and they work tirelessly to help local communities and indigenous peoples to protect more than 100,000 square kilometres of rainforest.  The Rainforest Foundation have now partnered with Netcycler, a free internet service which allows you to swap and giveaway unwanted items and is launching in the UK for the first time.  



Madagascar devastation

Netcycler is hoping people will sign up and get involved with swapping that feels like shopping. By creating matches between offers and wishes, all people need to do is list what they want to get rid of and what they would like in return. People can also donate the purchase price obtained from goods through Netcycler to the Rainforest Foundation UK and in so doing, help to protect the rainforests of the world from further destruction. This partnership will not only help raise funds for the Rainforest Foundation UK, but also promotes the re-use of secondhand goods and the reduction of waste. What could be easier or more fun? I shall be going through my wardrobe this weekend...

Watch the video of all the work The Rainforest Foundation does...


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