Since July 2011, Printware has worked with rain forest charity Cool Earth to help secure the future of our planet. Nearly two years on, the future is looking brighter than ever as Cool Earth launches even more ambitious projects around the globe. 2013 promises to be an even more fruitful year.
Printware’s partnership with Cool Earth has proved extremely productive as our contribution alone has locked away 10,790 tonnes of CO2. That’s the same amount produced by 4,150 average cars in a year. The total area of rain forest protected by Cool Earth is 330,000 acres or 515 square miles – almost the size of Greater London.
These stretches of forest act as a natural shield, preventing loggers from gaining access to the billions of trees which lay beyond them. To date, a staggering 2.5 million acres – the size of Devon and Cornwall – has been protected in this way.
2013 will see Cool Earth expand its many projects, not just in South America but also further afield in Papua New Guinea and the Democratic Republic of Congo. For instance, one project in Orangerie Bay, Papua New Guinea aims to protect 8,000 acres against palm oil development. Another project in Congo has united six communities to safeguard 90,000 acres.
Protecting the rain forest, its plants and animals is a worthy cause in itself but the Cool Earth projects go much further than that. Without the support of indigenous rain forest people, these efforts could not succeed. Cool Earth works closely with local people to ensure that they can live sustainably in the forest, improving living conditions and making it easier to earn a livelihood.
The target is to protect a total of 450,000 acres by 2014 and Printware is looking forward to helping achieve this. If you’d like to donate or get involved, please visit the Cool Earth website at http://www.coolearth.org/
by Anthony Morgan