Cool Earth @coolearthaction
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Cool Earth works alongside rainforest communities to halt rainforest destruction. Money and maps: is this how to save the Amazon? >>
18 Posts
13k Followers
146 Following
Cool Earth works alongside rainforest communities to halt rainforest destruction. Money and maps: is this how to save the Amazon? >>
“I’m optimistic about the programme. If everyone were to adopt the agricultural practices then I’m hopeful that the animals will come back, the rivers will flow, and the rains will become regular again.” Callisto Imora Forty years ago, the communities encircling Mount Namuli lived in balance with the mountain and its forests. But new pressures are being placed on the forest as limited livelihoods options mean many have to earn a living through potato farming where trees once stood. Burning to clear forest land for potato farming is potently destructive. Fire destroys the natural soil seed bank, inhibits forest regeneration and they often spread and sprawl into neighbouring forest areas. Cool Earth has partnered with local NGO Legado in Mozambique to provide alternative livelihoods through beekeeping and selling honey. Incentivising the sustainable control of fires, reducing the need for slash and burn agriculture and sharing key learnings that ensure a thriving future for those who call forests home.
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Mount Namuli is considered to be the ancestral home of the local Lomwe Peoples. Many believe that all of humanity are descended from a Great Mother who inhabits the mountain. In the past, the rugged peaks have provided an essential source of drinking water and irrigation for farming in the nearby communities and beyond. But now, the rivers that used to flow steadily are often nowhere to be found and at other times are severely flooded. This unpredictability leads to a loss of crops, exacerbated financial poverty and places a range of pressures on the local communities and remaining forest. A rapid rate of deforestation makes Cool Earth’s partnership alongside Legado in Mozambique undoubtedly one of the more challenging. It’s a challenge we’re rising to. Having met the inspirational local people with a strong, spiritual connection to their trees, there was never an option to let the trees just continue to be lost.
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“My everyday life relies on nature.” Sim Kmao, crocodile warden. Cool Earth’s partnership alongside Fauna & Flora International in Cambodia works with local people that have the desire to see native species like the critically endangered Siamese crocodile protected. More than 70 species in the Cardamom Mountains are on the IUCN Red List, and for many keystone species like the Asian elephant and Siamese crocodile, this forest represents their last hope of survival. Employing people as crocodile wardens not only creates a much needed reliable livelihood, it also educates other community members on the importance of crocodile conservation and how to mitigate threats to important local species. Helping to put people back in charge of their forest, their daily lives and live in harmony with local wildlife.
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In this area of the Cardamom Mountains, Cambodia, three-quarters of the indigenous community suffer from three hunger months in a year. That's when a family is unable to eat enough nutritious food due to a lack of money or resources. With many people earning less than $1 a day, 85% of people who need to pay for medical services are forced to take out loans that exacerbate debt. As a result, and with a changing climate, many have few opportunities to get through these challenges except through unsustainable forest use. Alongside Fauna & Flora International, Cool Earth supports communities in the Cardamom Mountains to decrease the severity of hunger months, reduce any reliance on logging and hunting for an income and food. Providing paravet training to community members who in turn train others in free-range chicken husbandry, and support on how to sustainably improve rice yields will help develop livelihoods and bring in a reliable income. Supporting people, and protecting the biodiverse forest of the Cardamom Mountains, Cambodia.
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Cool Earth’s growing network of experts reflects the growing global momentum to protect the natural world. With this new expertise onboard our ambassador and trustee team, Cool Earth will continue to shift its work up a gear and reach more rainforest communities around the tropics. ☀️Gillian Burke is a passionate conservationist, wildlife champion and proponent of all things conservation optimism. With a distinguished career in natural history filmmaking, Gillian’s variety of experience makes her a dream ambassador for showcasing Cool Earth’s rainforest conservation work. 🎬Having documented some of the world’s most remote locations, including Cool Earth’s Lubutu and PNG partnerships, Vianet Djenguet showcases effective conservation and gives a voice to rainforest communities. Vianet has over 12 years experience filming for major international broadcasters, and Cool Earth is more than pleased to have him on board. ⚡️Johan Rockström’s research continues to be a global call to arms. A leading scientist on global and tropical water resources, Johan’s work on ‘Hothouse Earth’ highlights the need to take immediate, effective action to not pass irreversible climate tipping points. 🌏Samantha Cohen CVO joins Cool Earth as Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees. Her distinguished career ranges from working for the Australian Government to the UK’s Royal Household. A driving force behind @QueensCanopy, Samantha joins Cool Earth with a personal passion for protecting the world’s forests. 🌳Britain’s best-known environmental campaigner, Tony Juniper has worked on efforts to conserve forests for nearly 30 years. As chairman of Natural England, Tony balances preserving UK’s nature with championing Earth’s rainforests and raising awareness of taking effective environmental action. As Cool Earth ambassador, he will continue to inspire action to protect rainforest communities, plants, and animals.
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In any charity work, it can be a challenge to ensure that the confident, the privileged or simply more accessible members of any community are not the only ones who have their voices heard.⁠ ⁠ Cool Earth’s priority is not only to develop and share the best approaches to protecting rainforest, but also to make sure that all can have their say.⁠ ⁠ Learning from our experiences, Cool Earth is reaching out to experts in participatory approaches for guidance and support. When it comes to issues like indigenous rights, changing ecosystem services and traditional uses of the forest, listening and working with all local people in local contexts is essential to the success of any conservation programme.⁠ ⁠ Our Annual Review will soon be available at coolearth.org. It means that our supporters can read more from the challenges and learnings that Cool Earth has experienced in the past year.⁠
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Cool Earth is a non-profit organisation that works alongside rainforest communities to halt deforestation and climate change.⁠ ⁠ We work with local partners to develop, scale up and share the most effective ways to protect rainforest.⁠ ⁠ Find out more at coolearth.org.⁠
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You may have to peer to see through the dense fog that sits atop the overgrown hills of this rainforest.⁠ ⁠ It's the third of Cool Earth's three newest rainforest partnerships, supporting local people to develop livelihoods, reduce degradation from hunting and halt deforestation.⁠ We're looking forward to introducing you to the communities that call this forest home later this month.⁠ ⁠ Do you know where this area of threatened rainforest is found?
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