7 Things You Can Do to Save the Rainforest

the rainforest, orangutans, and palm oil | image by http://goo.gl/owQ2w

Traveljunkieindonesia.com – Making a positive difference for rainforest is as simple as following the seven easy steps we have outlined below.

Here are 7 Things You Can Do to Save the Rainforest:

1. Sustainable Travel
Sustainable travel is about respect and care for local environment, culture and economy. Ride your bike, take mass transit or carpool to work. Every little bit helps. If you travel to a rainforest area, make sure your tourist dollars support local communities who protect the local environment.

2. Be A Rainforest Friend
Learn about and support the demarcation of indigenous lands. It has been proven that indigenous peoples are the best forest stewards.

3. Just say NO to palm oil
Palm oil, found in half of all processed foods in the ‘Big Country’, is a key contributor to rainforest deforestation. Read your food and beauty product labels carefully, and avoid this ingredient.

centre borneo’s rainforest and orangutans | Camera Sony NEX-7

4. Teach Your Children and the other
Teach kids and the other about the importance of rainforests to the health of our planet. Empower them to make responsible choices. Help them make the connection between choosing foods without palm oil or conserving fossil fuels and protecting the rainforests.

5. Visit a rainforest
In addition to expanding your knowledge of rain forests and how to save them, your tourist dollars will help persuade developing countries of the economic value of maintaining these crucial ecosystems.

6. Support sustainably produced rain forest products
An important step in preserving the rain forests is helping people native to these lands earn a decent living by making sustainable use of them. That means supporting imports of materials like resins, latex, fruits, nuts, even rattan sustainably harvested from the rain forest. Become an educated consumer.

7. Ask merchants where the products they sell come from
When buying furniture, wood products, and beef, select products from sustainable sources.

Happy Sustainable Travels!

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