BENEFITING: Rainforest Trust
EVENT DATE: Oct 02, 2015
When I was a kid I was lucky enough to live in Sumatra, Indonesia, surrounded by the wild and magical jungles. I remember very fondly the sense of adventure that accompanied a trip to the forest and my anticipation of discovering strange plants (glow in the dark mushrooms) or animals (monkeys!). I am immensely grateful for being able to have had these experiences and for my 30th Birthday I want to give back to the place that gave me so much. The nonprofit, Rainforest Trust, is partnering with an incredible local organization, Yayasan Konservasi Ekosistem Hutan Sumatera, to conserve 200,400 acres of rainforest in Central Sumatra. With deforestation in Indonesia currently outpacing that of the Amazon rainforest and other areas, protecting this swath of jungle is critical for the local people that subsist on it and wider climate change and biodiversity protection efforts. This special rainforest is home to a number of endangered species including the Sumatran tiger (only 400 left in the wild today!), Sumatran elephant, and leopards. Right now, an anonymous donor is matching 1:1 every donation given to the Rainforest Trust. I would be honored if you joined me in choosing to donate to help conserve the rainforest of Central Sumatra. For those that are able to donate $40 or more, I will send you a homemade bookmark made from Sumatra batik (thanks again mom for your help with the sewing!).
If you have any questions or would like additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration (and Terima Kasih to my fellow Durians) and Happy Day to the Rainforest!
P.S. If you need additional reasons to give:
- Just Google “Sumatran Orangutan”, “Sumatran Rhino”, or “Sumatran Tiger”. Do it. So cute! So incredible!
- Preventing rainforest deforestation is a highly effective and relatively affordable method to curb climate change. There are a number of cases (Costa Rica, part of Brazil) where rainforest conservation has been highly effective, propelling economic development and stability, protecting indigenous people, and staving off further carbon emissions from development/deforestation. Great read on this: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/24/science/earth/restored-forests-are-making-inroads-against-climate-change-.html?_r=0