Friday, December 5, 2008

Cool Earth Eco-Friendly Gift

It is a simple but powerful idea and a great meaningful gift for this Christmas.The idea behind Cool Earth is that rain-forests are worth much more to the human race left standing, helping to cool the planet, than they are cut down for timber or burnt to clear land for cattle ranching.

  • Rain-forests are made of carbon. When the forest is destroyed, this carbon is released as climate warming CO2.
  • Rain-forests are critical to global weather systems acting as the world's thermostat. The Amazon rain-forest alone provides a fifth of the world’s fresh water as well as a fifth of the world’s oxygen.
  • Rain-forests are home to two-thirds of all living animal and plant species on the planet, with hundreds of millions of species still undiscovered. The forests are known as the “world’s pharmacy” because of their wealth of natural medicines and destroying them can destroy the chances of new breakthroughs in treatment.
By contributing $50, you can protect half an acre. The money is invested in a local trust, and help to protect the rain-forest around the clock to keep the carbon where it belongs. They employ local people to do the work, helping them to get income from the forest without cutting it down. You will be able to watch it with Google Earth. Pretty Cool.

Go to Cool Earth to check it out and hopefully make a difference.

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