Last week, supporters sent thousands of messages to the United States Senate asking their senators to tell Majority Leader Reid to include funding to protect rainforests in the American Power Act.
Many developing countries are trying to put an end to deforestation, but they cannot do it without support. A “set aside” of allowances for rainforest protection programs would help developing countries strengthen their ability to measure and reduce deforestation.
The American Clean Energy and Security Act, passed in the U.S House last year, protects tropical rainforests by investing a small percentage of the bill’s revenue into forest protection programs. The Senate American Power Act must include similar provisions in order to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as well as safeguard wildlife, habitats and forest-dependent peoples.
Americans who care about their childrens’ future understand the immense value of tropical rainforests. If you have not already, click here to speak for the trees!
- Reuters – May 17, 2010: U.S. Senate climate bill cuts aid to global forests
- National Wildlife Federation Climate Change, Deforestation and Agriculture Project
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