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What You Can Do
Citizens in industrialized countries have a unique role to play in saving the world's forests. As the largest consumers of wood and paper on the planet, decisions we make determine the direction of the international wood products industry and ultimately the fate of the forests.

It is important to work at changing both our own personal lives and the larger society. In our own lives we can make a point of learning more about the threats to our planet, reducing the amount of garbage we throw away and ensuring that products we buy are as green as possible. [more]

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What You Can Do Links:

  • Seven Things You Can Do to Save the Rainforest  Hot  - Fact sheet from Rainforest Action Network outlines simple things you can do to help protect rainforests.
  • Amazon Conservation Team - The Amazon Conservation Team works in partnership with indigenous people in conserving biodiversity, health, and culture in tropical America.
  • Coral Cay Conservation - Tropical Rainforest Expeditions. Volunteers are needed to collect baseline biodiversity data, in order to increase the understanding of the ecological dynamics and community composition of the different rainforest habitat types.
  • E's Enviro-SuperStation - A short site with a 'Q & A' section, Eco-Tips, Links, Quotes, philosophy, and more. Guaranteed to make you smile and think!
  • Environmental Volunteer and Research Opportunities - Fact sheet from Rainforest Action Network lists programs around the world providing volunteer and research opportunities in rainforest regions.
  • Global Volunteer Network - The Global Volunteer Network is a non profit organisation that places people in community projects in Ecuador, as well as China, Ghana, Nepal, and Romania. Volunteers have the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational and community aid programs. Volunteers can be involved in environmental work, as well as teaching English, health and sanitation, and cultural home stays.
  • Green Volunteers - Guide to voluntary work in nature conservation.
  • Habitats: Home Sweet Home - National Geographic - While you're getting up close and personal with earth’s six habitats, also get the scoop on protected lands, biodiversity, urban sprawl, conservation and population. Students, teachers and parents will unearth a host of habitat-related information and activities, including in-depth discussion of the impact of habitat loss, how to prevent it, and how to effect change.
  • Human Rights Watch Dcouments Widespread Labor Abuse on Banana Plantations - Stop Labor Rights Abuses on Ecuador's Banana Plantations
  • Information for Action  Editor's Pick  - Provides information on a variety of environmental issues as well as relevant contact information for government officials in nearly 100 countries.
  • Integrated Approaches to Participatory Development (IAPAD) - Participatory Avenues - The web site acts as focal point for sharing information and technical progress on community-based mapping and Public Participation GIS (PPGIS). The website provides ample documentation on Participatory 3D Modelling (P3DM), an efficient tool for merging indigenous technical knowledge and traditional spatial information. P3DM applications include community-based natural resources management, collaborative research and planning, resource use, control and tenure, and related conflict management.
  • Protect-an-Acre Program - Rainforest Action Network's alternative to buy-an-acre programs. Small grants are given to local rainforest groups organizing to protect their lands.
  • The Humanity Initiative - Our activism section may be useful to you.
  • THE MILLENNIUM TIMES - Up-to-the-Minute News, Sports, and Entertainment worldwide. Also includes Talk Radio for Talk Radio Discussion
  • The Race for the Rainforest - The 3rd Annual 50 mile Race for the Rainforest will take place on Earth Day, April 22nd, 2001. Your participation will help preserve earth's most precious ecosystem.
  • Volunteer Peten - Volunteer Peten provides volunteer opportunities for travelers and students who have an interest in environmental issues, education, or community development.
  • XII World Forestry Congress - XII World Forestry Congress, Quebec City, Canada, September 21-28, 2003.

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