Deforestation is a major cause of climate change – putting more CO2 into the atmosphere
than all of the world’s transport combined. The reality of climate change is no longer up for
debate. It is real and it is happening now. Our changing climate is the most pressing
challenge facing our world today.
Keeping rainforest standing is the simplest and cheapest way to mitigate climate change.
Despite this, we are destroying the world’s rainforest at a faster rate than ever. Of the
world’s remaining forests, 46% are fragmented, 30% are degraded, and only 24% are
Despite only covering 6% of the world’s land surface, rainforests contain 2/3 of all
biodiversity. 99% of this is still to be studied.
1.6 billion people depend on the rainforests for their livelihoods. This means one in ten
people in the world rely upon the rainforest. But rainforest people are not just victims of
deforestation. They are the only thing that will keep rainforest safe. Local people have been
conclusively proven to be the forest’s most effective custodians.
The rainforests of Papua New Guinea are on the front line of the Palm Oil war. Of all the
drivers of deforestation, Palm Oil is the worst. An ecosystem that has taken millions of years
to evolve is destroyed in a matter of days. Without action, half of Papua New Guinea’s
rainforest will be lost in the next six years.