July 6th, 2009 09:36 EST
The Prince's Rainforest Project
While many other world leaders were focused on increasing the supply of oil and gas to meet growing demands, HRH The Prince of Wales set into motion The Prince`s Rainforest Project in 2007, intended to help stop tropical deforestation. The project is proving to be of utmost importance, as who originally turned a blind eye to reports of global warming are now reaching agreement that this indeed is a problem facing all of us on this planet.
While many countries did acknowledge this problem in the Kyoto Protocol, several countries including the USA chose not to participate, stating it was economically restrictive to their economies. The scientific evidence of global warming itself was placed into question at times to further derail the effort to bring about restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions.
The problem however is becoming more and more evident as thousands upon thousands of acres of rainforest are being cleared and burnt. Tropical rainforests absorb nearly a fifth of all man-made CO2 emissions around the world, which helps greatly to minimize the effects of climate change. To make matters worse, when the rainforests are burnt down - to clear land for commercial farming or mining, for example - they release all the CO2 that they have stored back into the atmosphere. The alarming scale of this rapid burning of the rainforests around the world means that CO2 emissions from tropical deforestation are actually higher than from the entire global transport sector.
The PRP`s work is focused on two very specific aims. The first is to raise awareness of the damaging effects of deforestation for everyone. The second is to identify appropriate incentives that will encourage rainforest nations to stop burning down vast areas of valuable forests. With the expiry of the Kyoto Protocol in 2012, the need for this project is clearly at the forefront of a concerted effort to help sway not only world leaders, but their citizens as well, to realize the need for emergency action to stop deforestation is central to slowing climate change.
Through the project`s website, http://www.rainforestsos.org/, people are given valuable information and encouraged to join the effort to spread awareness of its importance. There are also valuable links for schools and members of the press to gain more information as well.
Also by Ed Roberts
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