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Why do we need rainforests? [Video]

Tropical forests are disappearing faster than any other kind of forest. Why is that a problem? Tropical forests suck more carbon out of the air than any other kind of forest—making them a huge asset in the fight to slow climate change. They are home to two-thirds of the world’s biodiversity, even though they cover less than ten percent of the Earth’s land surface. And tropical forests send vapor into the air, making it rain—not just locally but thousands of miles away. Tropical forests provide shelter, food, medicine, and livelihoods to millions of Indigenous and local peoples. The Rainforest Alliance has worked to protect tropical forests for more than thirty-five years. https://www.rainforest-alliance.org #rainforestalliance #rainforest #tropicalforests #forests #biodiversity

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Who are the best guardians of the forest? [Video]

No one protects forests better than the people who live in them. Indigenous and local communities manage almost a quarter of the world’s lands, which means they care for an astonishing 80 percent of Earth’s biodiversity. Numerous studies show that deforestation rates are significantly lower inside Indigenous territories than outside them. In Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve, local communities have maintained a near-zero deforestation rate for twenty years, while nearby protected areas have suffered devastating deforestation rates. Scientists agree that strengthening land rights for such communities is key to protecting forests—and to protecting our future. https://www.rainforest-alliance.org #rainforestalliance #forest #indigenous #protect #biodiversity

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Can we grow food in harmony with nature? [Video]

What if farming not only fed people, it also nourished the land? With regenerative agriculture practices, farming can do just that. Planting native trees and shrubs, for example, improves soil fertility; improving soil fertility makes crops more productive and resistant to pests; eventually, pesticides can be eliminated. If the whole world took up these practices—which traditional farmers and Indigenous peoples have been using for centuries—we could have clean waterways, thriving biodiversity, improved carbon storage, healthy forests, and better farmer livelihoods. We can farm in ways that are better for people and nature. https://www.rainforest-alliance.org #rainforestalliance #forest #farming #regenerativeagriculture

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Geoffrey Martin-Noble | People Who Give Effectively [Video]

Member Geoffrey Martin shares how the Giving What We Can pledge inspired him to concrete action, and why he feels that donating to effective charities (even if you aren't sure how to choose between them) is more impactful than continuing to search for the "perfect" moral framework. We are so pleased that we've been able to interview some of our members about their experiences with effective giving. Big thank you to Geoffrey and our other community members who make Giving What We Can such a special organisation. CHAPTERS: 00:00 – What motivated you to take the Giving What We Can pledge? 02:11 – When did you take the pledge? 03:01 – Do you have advice for others considering the pledge? 04:08 – Choosing action over perfection OUR RESOURCES: ✍️ Take a giving pledge: https://givingwhatwecan.org/pledge 💕 Giving recommendations: https://givingwhatwecan.org/best-charities 🤑. 'How Rich Am I?' calculator: https://howrichami.givingwhatwecan.org 🤓. Recommended books, videos, podcasts: https://givingwhatwecan.org/resources 🙋‍♂️ Get involved: https://givingwhatwecan.org/get-involved BE OUR FRIEND: 💌 Sign up to our monthly email newsletter: https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/newsletter 🌍 Our website / blog: https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/ 📸 Instagram: https://instagram.com/giving_what_we_can 🐦 Twitter: https://twitter.com/givingwhatwecan 👍 Facebook: https://facebook.com/givingwhatwecan 🤳 TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@givingwhatwecan #charity #memberstory #givingpledge #giving #causes #worldproblems #causestosupport #charity #effectivealtruism #effectivegiving #helpingothers #doinggood #makeadifference #haveanimpact #highimpact #philanthropy #purpose #meaning #community #commitment

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SIT DOWN WITH STEVE: Pediatric Cancer Survivors Julie Spurlock and Sydney Creel Talk About Their Struggles [Video]

To kick off Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Steve Wilson sat down and talked with two pediatric cancer survivors from Brevard County, Sydney Creel, a graduate of Titusville High School, and Julie Spurlock, a graduate of Merritt Island High School. Both young ladies are doing remarkably well and are students at Eastern Florida State College.