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by Candee Tremblay
Punta Gorda, Belize – October 6, 2009 - The Rainforest Carbon Remove Society, a non-profit society founded in Canada with operations in Belize,
has joined His Royal Highness, Prince Charles, in taking a stand against deforestation of the world's rainforests. The Society's mandate to create a long-term sustainable
economic and permaculture-based farming model and training school at an organic cacao farm in southern Belize, and to implement carbon reduction and sequestration technologies
has earned them a page on The Prince's Rainforests Project site.
Ron Dewhurst, President of The Rainforest Carbon Remove Society said "I was delighted when Yalda Davis, the Prince's Communications Officer, posted information about our organization on The Prince's Rainforests Project site. Rainforest deforestation affects us all. The more publicity that we can generate to save the rainforests, the better it will be for everyone on this planet. Rainforests sequester and store huge amounts of carbon from the atmosphere. Slash and burn agriculture, which is rampant in Belize, degrades and destroys huge tracts of rainforest. Carbon dioxide is released into the air; our oxygen supply diminishes accordingly, resulting in water pollution, soil erosion, habitat and climate change. Species disappear."
In the time it takes to read this sentence, 1 ½ acres of rainforest have faded into the woodwork forever. As rainforest species vanish, so, too, do plant-derived pharmaceuticals. The cure you require tomorrow may die with the plant that vanishes today. If rainforest deforestation continues, unchecked, almost 50% of the world's species of animals, plants and micro-organisms will be wiped out within the next 25 years.
It is estimated that, in the next 24 hours, 137 species of animals, birds, fish, amphibians, insects, and plants will bite the dust, joining 137 singular and precious species that have gone before them including: Atlantic gray whale, Baiji dolphin, Barbados raccoon, Black-footed ferret, Brazilian three-banded armadillo, Canary mouse, Caribbean monk seal, Corozal rat, Cuban spider monkey, Curaçao sloth, Dark flying fox, Goliath white-toothed shrew, Grand Cayman hutia, Gull Island vole, Hairy-eared dwarf lemur, Indefatigable Galapagos mouse, Jamaican monkey, Large ghost faced bat, Large Palau flying fox, Large sloth lemur, Lava mouse, Lesser bilby, Lesser yellow bat, long-nosed potoroo, Malagasy hippo, Marianas flying fox , Mummy shrew, Nelson's rice-rat, Old fig-eating bat, Omilteme cottontail, Oriente cave rat, Philippine fruit bat, Pig-footed bandicoot, Pristine mustached bat, Puerto Rican sloth, Red fruit bat, Red gazelle, Sea mink, St. Lucia giant rice-rat, Steller's sea cow, Swan Island hutia, Victorious Nesophontes, West Indian monk seal, West Indian porcupine, Western Cuban Nesophontes; Ascension flightless crake, Black mamo, Black-faced honeycreeper, Black-fronted parakeet, Bonin grosbeak, Brawny great moa, Canarian black oystercatcher, Carolina parakeet, Chatham Island swan, Columbian grebe, Crested Sheldrake, Cuban red macaw, Dodo, Four-coloured flowerpecker, Guadalupe storm-petrel, Grand Cayman thrush, Great auk, Great elephantbird, Jamaican least pauraque, Kona grosbeak, Labrador duck, Lanai creeper, Lanai hookbill, Laysan rail, Lesser Koa finch, Mascarene coot, Mauritian duck, Mauritius grey parrot, Mauritius parrot, Mysterious starling, New Caledonia lorikeet, Norfolk Island kaka, Passenger pigeon, Pink-headed duck, Raiatea parakeet, Red rail, Red-moustached fruit-dove, Reunion dodo, Reunion flightless ibis, Rodrigues night heron, Snail-eating coua, Speckled cormorant, Rodrigues little owl, Rodrigues parrot, Rodrigues ring-necked parakeet, Ryukyu kingfisher, Samoan woodhen, Seychelles Alexandrine parrot, Slender-billed grackle, Spix's macaw, Tahiti sandpiper, Townsend's finch, Tristan moorhen, Wake Island rail; Alien splitfin, Alvord cutthroat trout, Amistad gambusia, Banff longnose dace, Blue Pike, Clear Lake splittail, Deepwater cisco, Dwarf sturgeon, Ginger pearlfish, Greasefish, Harelip sucker, Lerma chub, Mexican dace, Monkey Spring pupfish, Phantom shiner, Rio Grande bluntnose shiner, Sarasin's minnow, Silver trout, Snake River sucker, Stumptooth minnow, Tecopa pupfish, Thicktail chub, Yellowfin cutthroat trout, Zona; Golden toad, Hammerhead Salamander, Holdridge's toad, Panamanian golden frog; Madeiran Large White butterfly, Dutch Alcon Blue butterfly, Xerces Blue butterfly; Freshwater beetle; African ginseng, Coffee lemblini, Cuban holly, Rio de Janeiro Sapota, and Wooly stalked begonia.
There are 137 good reasons to save the rainforest today. Join The Prince of Wales and other great voices of our day in the chorus to save our rainforests – the only ones on Earth. Become a member of The Rainforest Carbon Remove Society today. For further information and to donate to the rainforest fund, visit http://www.carbonremove.com/; email [email protected] or call Ron Dewhurst, President, Rainforest Carbon Remove Society at 250-769-7195 (Canada).
Rainforest Carbon Remove Society is a not-for-profit society committed to the preservation, management and creative business management of rainforests in Belize.