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.

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etnies shoes help plant trees to restore rainforests

Brett Simpson high in a tree in the Costa Rican rainforest in support of etnies Buy a Shoe, Plant a Tree program

Brett Simpson in the Costa Rican rainforest in support of etnies Buy a Shoe, Plant a Tree program, photo courtesy of etnies

According to leading scientists, at the current rate of deforestation, the world’s rainforests could vanish in a hundred years. The impact from this would be devastating to the planet.

According to Jim Robbins, author of “The Man Who Planted Trees”, a one-hundred year flood becomes a one-in-five year event when deforested land cover is one-quarter of the total, and floods last longer when forests are lost. Because forests naturally sequester large amount of carbon, with deforestation this would be released into the atmosphere. When forests are destroyed, countless species lose critical habitat.

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