Steve Slowinski wrote -
Despite what you may have heard, climate change is real. And really, really, really fucking terrifying. It's such a huge problem that it can seem impossible to do anything about, especially in this age where our government doesn't seem to care. But have no fear, there is something you can do to make a real difference in the world's CO2 emissions!
In early March, the Slowinski clan will be undertaking a 3-day backpacking trip through Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica--one of the few remaining sizable areas of lowland tropical rainforests in the world. While Corcovado isn't at immediate threat for logging, rainforests around the world remain at a high risk for deforestation due to logging, resource extraction, and livestock grazing. The Amazon rainforest has actually seen huge year-over-year increases in deforestation over the past two years.
Why is this important? Even if you disregard the incredible biodiversity found in rainforests, they serve as giant carbon sinks, taking CO2 from the air and using it to grow. In fact, the Amazon rainforest is responsible for taking in over a billion tons of CO2 every year and currently stores one-fifth of all the carbon in our planet’s biomass. So if we hope to combat climate change, it's critically important we protect our rainforests.
Over our hike, we'll be raising money and awareness for Cool Earth, a really awesome charity that has one of the most innovative, cost effective ways of protecting rainforest. They work alongside local indigenous populations to help them become self-sustaining, allowing them to provide for themselves without selling or ceding their land to people that want to tear down the forest for profit.
This model has proved incredibly effective, and based on their past successes, they currently are able to preserve one acre of rainforest for $75. One acre of rainforest contains around 270 tons of CO2, while the average carbon footprint for most people in the U.S. is around 50-60 tons of CO2 per year. That's right: with a manageable donation, you can make a real difference in fighting back against climate change.
Our goal with this hike is to protect 10 acres of rainforest, meaning we need to raise $750. Help us meet our goal!