Fighting Climate Change

Halt rainforest destruction to keep carbon stored away

Rainforest Climate Action Fund

Take a stand for our planet and donate to our Rainforest Climate Action Fund to support projects that protect forests which cost-effectively store and sequester vast quantities of carbon.

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Rainforests store billions of tons of carbon

We cannot stop climate change without saving tropical forests. If tropical deforestation were a country, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases after China and the United States. Yet, in spite of this destruction, the tropical forests that remain still remove twice this quantity of CO2 equivalents from the atmosphere each year.

We need to halt deforestation now both to keep historical carbon safely locked up in the wood and soil and to keep removing excess CO2 equivalents from the air.

Combating climate change by saving tropical forests is extraordinarily cost-effective. Many of our projects protect forests for as little as $5-10 per acre. Protecting tropical forests is one of the best ways each of us can fight climate change right now.

The most cost-effective way to stop climate change

Tropical forests not only store carbon, they actively remove it from the air. Without their critical function, we will never halt climate change. Rainforest Trust’s mission since our founding has been to safeguard these landscapes, preventing deforestation and keeping carbon stored.

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Each of these projects has been identified as crucial to storing carbon and stopping climate change.

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Explore Forest Types

Rainforests store and sequester vast quantities of carbon. We fight to keep carbon stored and stop climate change by supporting high-impact projects in three types of forest:

Frontier Forests

These forests massively reduce carbon emissions in the immediate future because they protect forest in imminent danger of destruction—a so-called "frontier" providing a protective barrier, keeping dense forest intact.

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Forests inundated by water are particularly efficient sequesterers because the water blocks the oxygen required for carbon-releasing decomposition. These include flooded forests, swamp forests, peat forests and mangroves.

Rainforest from an aerial view.

Carbon Vaults

These forests lock up carbon in large, tall, intact hardwood forests in perpetuity for a reasonable cost. These large trees store vast amounts of carbon in their wood, roots and soil, preventing huge amounts of carbon from being released.

Success Stories

Saving real acres of rainforest

"Rainforest Trust has my highest respect and in my opinion deserves support for its reserve-creating projects which have exceptional merit of being based upon biological research of high quality, exact mapping, and clear statements of what support will accomplish."

The late E.O. Wilson
Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, and former Rainforest Trust Board Member

100% of your money goes to our conservation efforts.

Our Board members and other supporters cover our operating costs, so you can give knowing your whole gift will protect rainforests.

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