It is possible to donate your time and money to forest conservation. The U.S., along with other developed countries, can provide technical assistance and financial support to tropical countries. Some governments are even willing to cancel the debts of developing nations. The U.S. and Germany have each canceled more than a quarter billion dollars in debt owed by African and Latin American countries. They also have canceled more than $400 million in debt owed by Kenya and other nations because of environmental legislation.
There are many ways to get involved in forest conservation. Individuals are often the ones who make the most impact. It’s a great way for people to make a difference. You can start by making a change in your daily consumption habits. For example, try to buy less of products made from timber from logged forests and look for fair-trade and sustainably managed products. Your reduced demand will have a major impact on the suppliers. You can also help spread the word about how important it is to protect forests to others.
If you’re not sure how to get involved, consider donating money to forest conservation organizations. You can use the funds to help organizations that are helping indigenous communities. If you’d like to give money to a specific program, you can use Global Citizen’s donation form to send a check. It will be sent directly the concerned organization. Your contributions will go a long way in helping to protect forests and their indigenous peoples.