New website lets you help protect and preserve rainforests

The beauty of the Costa Rican rainforest, photo by Debra Atlas

The beauty of the Costa Rican rainforest, photo by Debra Atlas

A new website launched by Virgin Rainforest Rescue offers people a chance to help preserve and protect some of the wildest and most vulnerable virgin rainforests in Costa Rica. It’s so simple to do – just purchase one square meter of rainforest at a time.

The organization was founded by Mariana Peters, a young activist from the Turrialba region of Costa Rica who is devoted to saving the kind of rich forest land that her country is known for. Teaming up with attorney Victor Maffioli, Peters and Rainforest Rescue are working to keeping developers from destroying this pristine tract of land by selling it off in one square meter parcels on their website.

Visitors to the website can purchase plots of land or gift them to others. Gift givers can register the plots they purchase in the recipient’s name and show them proof they now own a small piece of this incredibly biologically diverse area of the planet.  To receive a discount on your purchase, enter promo code chel45 for 20% discount.

The Costa Rican rainforest, photo by Debra Atlas

The Costa Rican rainforest, photo by Debra Atlas

Having visited several rainforests while in Costa Rica in 2009, I was amazed at the remarkable diversity and lushness of these magnificent tracts of land. Many of  these are actually second-growth forests. The old growth forests were  indiscriminately logged and cleared decades ago. Touring the rainforests is a awe-filled and inspiring excursion. Do what you can to help preserve these magnificent lands for future generations to appreciate and enjoy. You can also follow them on Twitter or phone toll free to Chelsea Diamond at 888-434-9434.

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