Bo Derek is leading the campaign against oil drilling in Yasuni National Park in Ecuador.
There are 10 billion dollars worth of oil in the rainforst.
Even though Ecuador is a developing country, and could really use the revenue, they are willing to accept less than half that amount in donations from around the world.
If they reach their 3.6 billion dollar goal, they won’t drill.
The money will go to reforestion, social development, renewable energy, and clean up.
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If there's one thing Vivienne Westwood is more passionate about than fashion, it's charity.
At her Red Label fashion show last weekend she wrote a nice letter to her guests urging them to help save the rainforest.
The designer wrote:
"Most of you know that I’ve always used my fashion shows as a platform for my belief in the importance of social justice and the urgent need to fight climate change. Tonight I introduce the Rainforest charity, Cool Earth, and a campaign that is very close to my heart- a plan to save the most vulnerable Rainforest areas by 2020.
We must begin today- tomorrow is too late. Governments have been talking about saving the Rainforest for 40 years. Now, only half of it is left. Since launching in 2007, Cool Earth has worked with indigenous Rainforest people to protect 2.5 million acres in the Western Amazon and block the advance of illegal logging- the first stage in most Rainforest destruction. We plan to extend this effective community-lead model along the most critical arcs of deforestation in the Amazon, the Congo Basin and Borneo- the groundwork has already been laid. We need your help to continue.
I am personally supporting Cool Earth and investing in our future. Tonight marks the start of our fundraising campaign for Cool Earth- we will have the official launch in November. I’m inviting my friends, celebrities and everyone interested in saving our beautiful world to join me. Think about getting involved."
CLICK HERE to get involved!
[Image via AP Images.]
Tags: cool earth, rainforest, save the rainforest, vivienne westwood
The destruction of rainforest in South East Asia for conversion to palm oil plantations (to make our chocolate) is causing the loss of wild animals like tigers and orangutans.
With Easter approaching, the Auckland Zoo in New Zealand has published a list of palm-oil free chocolate goodies that can be eaten at Easter without any contribution to the ongoing loss of wild animals.
They say food products like Lindt chocolate bunnies are free of palm oil, and therefore acceptable to eat.
There are only about 400 wild Sumatran tigers left in their natural habitat, which is rapidly being converted to palm oil agriculture.
[Image via WENN.]
Tags: animals, killing, rainforest, teddy, tigers
Oh no! Sadly, 7 more animals are being added to this horrid list.
The federal Fish and Wildlife Service announced this week that the black-hooded antwren, the cherry-throated tanager, the fringe-backed fire-eye and the southeastern rufous-vented ground-cuckoo, found almost exclusively in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest and Cerrado biome, are endangered or near extinction.
Although the birds were already protected under Brazilian law, the Fish and Wildlife Service called the countries conservation efforts "inadequate".
By listing the species as endangered under American law, it can help speed the flow of federal money toward international conservation projects and provide leverage in international negotiations to enhance protection efforts.
The birds have become endangered after deforestation, land clearing for agriculture and resource extraction that has destroyed much of their habitat.
[Image via AP Images.]
Tags: amazon, animals, brazil, conservation, extinct, protection, rainforest