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by Candee Tremblay
Summary: The green gauntlet has been cast by the Rainforest Carbon Remove Society. This non-profit organization has spearheaded an innovative and daring global fundraising challenge to save Belize's rainforests.
Punta Gorda, Belize, September 9, 2009 – Save the Rainforests: A Little Green Goes a Long Way
Once the preserve of the Dodo Bird, and a myriad of other rich and now extinct species, the world's tropical rainforests are being decimated at a rate of 32 million acres annually. Deforestation and slash and burn agriculture in Belize has resulted in ominous smoke signals belching into the atmosphere, spelling "SOS" for Belize's tropical rainforests. Concerned that their grandchildren won't live to see Scarlet Macaws, Black Howler Monkeys, Jaguars, Spotted Owls, and American Manatees – all members of Earth's endangered species – Ron and Carrie Dewhurst established the "Rainforest Carbon Remove Society". This non-profit organization "seeks to change the present world economic view of nature from worthless to priceless before it is too late".
Based in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, the founders of Carbon Remove have witnessed, firsthand, the devastating effects of global warming on the precious forests of British Columbia. About 35 million acres have been impacted or ravaged by the pine beetle, transforming the once robust forests into dead stands emitting noxious greenhouse gas.
Carbon Remove is involved in several projects in Belize and hopes, through public support and funding, to further develop its vision of sustainable rainforest management, eco-sensitive business development and preservation to save the world's rainforests. One of their projects is the Utz Kab' Farm, a traditional Mayan cacao farm in Belize. When the Dewhursts, along with fellow Canadians, Looey Tremblay and Michael Saunders, purchased the organic cacao farm in Belize, they recognized the importance of creating sustainable farming practices to preserve the rich natural and cultural history of the farm.
The Belize cacao farm was purchased from a Mayan elder whose ailing health rendered regular and required maintenance of the farm impossible. The farm needed immediate intervention and stewardship to restore its viability. Using the Rainforest Carbon Remove Society as the vehicle to move the cacao farm into a model of regenerative and sustainable design, the new owners are determined to spearhead – and support - long term goals of biological, economical and social sustainability for Belize's Mayan farmers. Their mandate includes creating a Permaculture Training School at Utz Kab' Farm; and exploring innovative carbon reduction and sequestration technologies with inherent local implementation.
Teaching local Mayan farmers about the merits and tenets of regeneration and sustainability sets the stage for the broader goal of halting the destruction of Belize's rainforests. With donations, funding and grants, these green activists are seeking to transform the Utz Kab' Farm into a new vision of regenerative design. They realize that a little green can go a long way and have developed an innovative fundraising program.
The Rainforest Carbon Remove Society has issued the 40,000 x $5.00 Green Social Network Challenge. The goal is to raise funds by challenging people to donate $5.00, in addition to broadcasting the "Save the Rainforest" challenge through their social media contacts. They are asking people to forego their take-out beverage for a day, saving greenbacks and donating "greenbucks", to save the rainforest. By using the power of social network sites, including Twitter, they hope that the tweet of the Dodo Bird will again echo around the world.
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.