Save the forests
Dear Editor:The bad news is that more than half of the tropical rain forests on Earth have already been destroyed. More than 85,000 acres are slashed and burned every day, and we refer to ourselves as “homo sapiens!”The very good news is that American children like 7-year-old Emma are raising money to purchase irreplaceable rain forest in Central and South America. Emma raised $60 and now holds the deed to two and half acres of forest under the protection of The Rainforest Alliance.I went online before composing this letter to you and secured a half-acre for $15 – deal! In so doing not only do I have the satisfaction of helping save one of humanity’s most incredible gifts from our Creator; I also help farmers and landowners develop sustainable and socially just ways to grow bananas, coffee, cocoa, hardwoods and other products.Today 40 million acres of forest across 60 nations are protected by the strict standards set by The Rainforest Alliance, sustainably yielding products as diverse as lumber, furniture and musical instruments. Seven-year-old Emma’s two and half acres and my half-acre may not seem like much, but it’s enough to inspire huge corporations like Citi Bank, Kraft foods, Ben & Jerry’s, Ikea and Gibson Guitars to get involved.Who said one individual can’t make a difference! Go to http://www.rainforest-alliance.org today and save an acre or two of paradise. It will help you breathe better – our oxygen is produced in these incredible forests!Richard HarrisAspen
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