Every holiday season, the Perfect Supplements’ family likes to celebrate our thankfulness with a large annual donation to a variety of charitable organizations that share Our Values of protecting people and planet.
This year, once again we are doing our part to help protect the Amazon Rainforest.
The Problem- Logging and Agricultural Expansions Threaten The Rainforest
The Amazon Rainforest has an incredibly rich ecosystem – there are around 40,000 plant species, 1,300 bird species, 3,000 types of fish, 430 mammals and over 2.5 million different insects.
The size and ecosystem of the rainforest is so great that more than 20% of the world’s oxygen is produced in the Amazon.
While many people see the Amazon as unoccupied rainforest, there are about 400-500 indigenous tribes that call the Amazon home.
The Loreto and Ucayali Regions are the two largest Amazon regions in Peru and are traditionally occupied and protected by indigenous groups. Unfortunately, hundreds of indigenous communities have no recognized ownership rights and their lands are under tremendous pressure from logging, agro-industries and colonists. Without the titles to their territories, native communities have no legal instrument to defend these lands from activities like logging and agricultural expansion.
The Solution – Provide Land Titles for the Indigenous Communities
Rainforest Trust and local partner Center for the Development of an Indigenous Amazon (CEDIA) seek $4,583,920 to title 220 communities covering more than six million acres in order to legally protect indigenous lands. It is crucial to close the unprotected gaps between indigenous territories to prevent colonists and industries from negatively affecting the integrity of the ecosystems. In addition to granting communities the rights to their land, this will provide protection for Endangered species such as the White-bellied Spider Monkey, Giant Otter and Black-faced Black Spider Monkey.
The Fun, Free Way You Can Protect the Rainforest
#GivingTuesday occurs the Tuesday after Black Friday weekend which is December 3rd this year. This wonderful event is a reminder that the holidays are not just about shopping but also an opportunity to “… celebrate and encourage giving” to people in our communities.
To celebrate #GivingTuesday, for every order placed between now and the end of the year, we will make a donation to the Rainforest Trust to protect 6 acres of Rainforest.*
Want to Do Even More, Visit the Rainforest Trust
The Rainforest Trust focuses on saving real acres of rainforest through land purchases and designations. They have a list of wonderful projects right here. If you have the means, why not make this #GivingTuesday extra special and make a donation!
Do you have a favorite local organization that you like to celebrate on #GivingTuesday ? We’d love to hear about it
*our total donation will not exceed $2,500.00