note: contributions to World Action Collective are not tax-deductible.
Mission: This May, we will embark on an 850 mile bicycle tour from Prescott, Arizona, to Fort Collins, Colorado. Our intention is to use our energy in solidarity with the people of Black Mesa Indigenous Support and Copia Community Farms in Fort Collins.
Vision: This journey represents our vision of activism, using our own movement and physical energy to create positive change in the world. On this ride, we will strive to support and bring awareness to these causes. We are all studying environmental issues and share a deep appreciation for Mother Nature and her intricate beauty and value. But we want to do more than just study. We want to ACT! We are tired of feeling overwhelmed by the constant news of environmental devastation and the looming threat of a catastrophic collapse of Earth’s ecosystems. In response we call for celebration, and a positive vision for the future through collaborative projects. We are ready to take the next quantum leap of our evolutionary process. It will be a collective shift but it starts on an individual level. Our goal is to evolve from a specifically rainforest conservation effort to a collective organization striving to bring awareness to the world’s systemic ecological and socio-political injustices.
Route: From Prescott, Arizona to Fort Collins, Colorado. We will be making a five-day stop to volunteer at Black Mesa, on the Navajo Reservation north of Flagstaff, and will have two workdays at Copia Community Farms once we arrive in Fort Collins.
About us: World Action Collective started out two years ago as Rainforest Rescue Coalition based out of Chicago, Illinois. Their initial project involved organizing a bike tour along the Western bank of Lake Michigan from North to South. In doing so, they raised $25,000 for two rainforest protection and community support initiatives through collaborating with two larger organizations: Rainforest Conservation Fund and Orangutan Foundation International. As three of the four original members are now Prescott College students, they have broadened their sight of activism and are now focusing on both social and environmental regional justice issues in the Southwest.
Get involved: Join us for any portion of the ride! We will initially be riding as a group from Prescott to Flagstaff on May 7th through the 9th. The final day of the ride, May 26th, will be a 50 mile public group ride from Boulder, to Fort Collins. Partake in a workday at the farm, May 27 and 28th.
Thank you for visiting Rainforest Rescue Coalition’s (RRC) homepage! We are a nonprofit organization based out of Chicago, Illinois. Our mission is to conserve and protect rainforest land around the world and to support sustainable relationships between humans and nature. We raise money for sustainability and conservation initiatives through direct action campaigns. We work with the Rainforest Conservation Fund (RCF), a very successful Chicago based 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. RRC is fiscally sponsored by the Rainforest Conservation Fund, so all contributions are tax deductable.
-Please consider sponsoring RRC’s committed riders/runners by making a contribution below. All contributions are tax deductible and are made through the Rainforest Conservation Fund. One hundred percent of donations go directly towards our conservation causes! So far we have saved 128 ACRES of rainforest and provided $12,500 in critical funding for the sustainable agroforestry program! Thanks to everyone who helped, we couldn’t have done it without you. Please help us continue protecting the rainforests of the world! One acre of forest costs just $100 to purchase and protect, and in one acre, there can be literally millions of organisms! Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “To know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived — this is to have succeeded.”
*RRC hosts sponsored bike trips to raise funds for our initiatives. In the Summer of 2012, for “The Ride for the Rainforest,” we rode 325 miles from Sturgeon Bay, WI, to Chicago, IL. We obtained many sponsors for our bikers, and the donations were split between our first two initiatives. Fifty percent of contributions are used to purchase land in the endangered Rawa Kuno Legacy Forest on the island of Borneo, home to hundreds of the last wild Orangutans on the planet. So far we SAVED 128 ACRES! The other fifty percent are used to fund a sustainable agroforestry program for the native communities living in the buffer zone of the Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo communal forest reserve in the Peruvian Amazon. If you are interested in our cause, we invite you to become a member of RRC. All you have to do is contact us (see contact bar above), and we will get you on board to help save the rainforest! Whether you want to join us on a bike ride, learn more about rainforest conservation, or help raise contributions, your participation counts!
Here is a video of the Lamandau Wildlife Reserve, which is adjacent to the Rawa Kuno Legacy Forest. This will give you an idea of what Rawa Kuno is like.
-Please note which rider/runner you are sponsoring after you have made your donation on the pay-pal page. If you want to donate with a check, please make it out to Rainforest Conservation Fund and put Rainforest Rescue Coalition in the memo section. Send your check to Rainforest Conservation Fund at 2506 North Clark Street #423 Chicago IL 60614. 50% of all contributions will be used to purchase land in the endangered Rawa Kuno Legacy Forest, and the other 50% will be used to fund the sustainable agroforestry project in the Área de Conservación Regional Comunal Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo (ACRCTT). Contributions of any amount are welcome. An acre of rainforest costs just $100 to purchase and protect forever! RRC, the Rainforest, the Orangutans and the local villagers of the ACRCTT really appreciate your support!
Rawa Kuno Legacy Forest Project:
The forests on the island of Borneo are around 130,000,000 years old (70 million years older than the Amazon)! Within the last few decades much of the forest has been reduced to plywood, and is now replaced by monoculture palm oil plantations. Orangutan populations have dropped by up to 97% during the 20th century, and just within the last ten years, the remaining populations have decreased by 50% due to forest loss and hunting. 90% of the remaining Orangutans on Earth live on the island of Borneo, and if we don’t act NOW, almost all of the forest could be gone within the next ten years…
We helped Orangutan Foundation International (by saving 128 acres) to purchase and conserve the 6,400 acre Rawa Kuno Legacy Forest, which is a refuge for hundreds of endangered Orangutans, and other amazing animals like Sun Bears and Clouded Leopards! Please continue to support Orangutan Foundation Internationals amazing work to save the Orangutan from extinction!
-Bornean Orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) endangered
Clouded Leopard (Neofelis nebulosa) vulnerable
Sun Bear- (Ursus malayanus) vulnerable
Sustainable Agroforestry Project:
The agroforestry project in the 1,000,000 acre, Área de Conservación Regional Comunal Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo (ACRCTT) is extremely important, because it is helping to show that communal reserves in the Amazon can be productive AND sustainable. This will ensure the future of present reserves, and will influence the likelihood of creating new communal reserves for native and indigenous peoples in Peru. Giving forest communities legal rights to land is one of the best ways to conserve the rainforest. This can prevent further settlement and destructive development of the area and can give communities the power to develop their land in a sustainable way while conserving their resources and forest. These forest communities rely on the rainforest for many subsistence needs and know the value of conserving the land, not just for biodiversity’s sake, but also for their own. Today, in the presence of encroaching industry and the demand for resources from the nearby city of Iquitos, local villagers and ‘ribereños’ (river people) can no longer live entirely off the forest, so they need an income for trading and purchasing essential goods. In order to make money, many people in the region resort to the ecologically damaging practices of logging, contract hunting and unsustainable resource extraction because they have no other options. This is where sustainable agroforestry comes in. Palm trees (such as the aguaje palm) are extremely useful to people and provide products such as fruits that can be made into juice or ice cream, oil, thatching, fibers and threads for making crafts, and other building materials. Many animals also rely on these palms such as tapirs and monkeys who eat the fruits, and macaws who nest in the dead tree trunks. A big problem is that people often go into the forest and cut down palms to harvest the fruit, destroying an important resource for many animals. It is essential to conserve the remaining wild palm trees for the animals, and to have sustainable agroforestry programs for the native people. By planting palms in the forest buffer zone near the villages and by teaching sustainable harvesting techniques (where fruit is harvested by climbing the trees instead of cutting them down), we can provide a crucial and sustainable income source for communities, minimize human impact on the forest, and promote a harmonious relationship between the people, plants, and animals living in this amazing region of the Peruvian Amazon. The Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo conservation area has the highest primate diversity of any reserve in the world and in one hectare you can find more species of trees than in all of North America. Also, it is located between two of Peru/Brazil’s largest protected areas: the Pacaya-Samiria National Park in Peru, and the Vale do Javari Indigenous Territory (the largest indigenous peoples’ reserve in the world) just across the border in Brazil. These three areas combined have some of the greatest biodiversity on planet Earth, and they create a perfect wildlife corridor for many of the threatened and endangered animals of the Amazon! We need your help to preserve these important ecosystems and communities!
Check out a nice view of the ACRCTT, and the Peruvian Amazon rainforest