Climate

We're All in This Together

What's at Stake

Drought. Flood. Shorter growing seasons. Economic insecurity. Famine. For farming and forest communities around the world, the impacts of climate change are already real rather than hypothetical. In today's hyper-connected world, fighting climate change and building resilience to its impact are urgent priorities for us all.

Burning Peruvian forest

Burning Peruvian forest

Photo credit: Mohsin Kazmi

Forests: Our Best Defense Against Climate Change

Deforestation and forest degradation account for 20 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions—that's more than the entire global transportation sector and second only to the energy sector. In recognition of this fact, the historic United Nations Paris Climate Agreement of 2015 emphasizes the critical importance of conserving forests, reforesting degraded land, and sustainably managing forests.

Rice field in Bac Son, Vietnam

Rice field in Bac Son, Vietnam

Photo credit: iStock

Agriculture and Climate Change

Agriculture is the driver of an estimated 80 percent of tropical deforestation—and farming activities cause an estimated 13 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming. Feeding 9 billion people by 2050 without overwhelming the planet is one of the most urgent challenges of our time.

Our Work

Our Work in Climate

The Rainforest Alliance works with rural communities, businesses, and governments around the world to advance climate-smart land management and sustainable economic development through training, carbon project validation/verification, and participation in international climate frameworks like REDD+.

Pedro Cruz Cortés of carbon coffee project in Oaxaca

Pedro Cruz Cortés, member of a Rainforest Alliance Certified™ coffee cooperative that practices climate-smart agriculture to restore forests and generate carbon benefits for a group of indigenous communities in Oaxaca, Mexico

Climate-smart coffee farming

A group of Rainforest Alliance Certified™ coffee farmers in Oaxaca, Mexico, have adopted our agroforestry model to restore the health of their land and build resilience to climate change. They're even generating carbon credits for reforesting: the group will likely remove 130,000 tons of emissions from the atmosphere over 30 years—that’s about the equivalent of the annual emissions for 27,000 cars.

Learn more about how we are working to achieve our mission.
 
Our Impact

Our Impact

Our innovative carbon projects give indigenous and forest communities an economic incentive to protect their forests by generating payments for avoiding or removing emissions through forest conservation or reforestation. Our certification division has validated and/or verified carbon projects covering 12.1 million acres.

car equivalent annual emissions of greenhouse gases removed or avoided by projects we verify and validate

8,794,000 cars

equivalent annual emissions of greenhouse gases removed or avoided by projects we verify and validate

Data accurate as of June 15, 2016.

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The Rainforest Alliance has validated and/or verified 80 forest carbon projects around the world. Through these projects, we have verified the reduction and/or removal of greenhouse gases equal to the annual emissions of 8,794,000 cars.

Students worldwide have studied our climate and environmental curriculum

76,490 students

worldwide have studied our climate and environmental curriculum

Data accurate as of June 24, 2016.

Educating Future Climate Leaders

We've trained 5,100 teachers to use our learning tools and to lead students in creating climate preparedness projects in their communities. In addition to in-person training, more than 5 million people have visited our website to view and use our curriculum.

Learn more ways we are achieving real results.
 
Get Involved

Get Involved

Join us to help rebalance the earth.

Tree Ferns in Black Spur Drive, Healesville, Victoria - photo by iStock

Rainforests purify air and water and absorb carbon dioxide—that makes them our greatest allies in the fight against climate change.

Sunset over the forests in Sri Lanka

Though the effects of climate change continue to worsen, the world is finally committing to doing something about it.

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