Forest Fundraising for Hannah's Bat Mitzvah

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Today, most people think about issues like school, having fewer taxes, work, and countless other daily problems. For my Bat Mitzvah project, I want to think out of the box. Some people, including myself, take life, freshwater, food, and even fresh air for granted. What we don’t think about is what allows us to have all those things and how many others, including mammals and plants in the world, are suffering without. Sometimes we need to pay more attention to them than we think. All the native animals and plants in the Amazon Rainforest are suffering because of the fires people are intentionally burning and wood people are cutting to create space for cattle ranching, palm oil, soy.  We cannot just sit here waiting for someone else to do something. Even if we cannot help directly, we can help the people or organizations who can. Human life depends on the Rainforest which is vital to the stability of our climate because it absorbs 30% of the world’s Carbon Dioxide (CO2) each year. CO2 takes up our oxygen which we use to breathe and warms our oceans which increases the temperature around the world to dangerous levels on Earth. Every second, a chunk of forest equivalent to the size of a soccer field is lost. Rainforests are also home to more than half of the world’s animal species and their plants provide materials for lifesaving medicines that we use today. This is why I hope that you will donate to the Rainforest Foundation. The Rainforest Foundation is an organization that works with the millions of indigenous people of the Amazon Rainforest to secure land rights to protect the land and prevent further destruction and will ultimately prevent further climate change. The foundation also uses satellite technology to detect deforestation and alert the nearby communities who can intervene immediately. We are much more advanced than we think and we can improve our mistakes by improving our minds. Every dollar counts. Help save the people, animals, and plants in need. HELP SAVE THE EARTH. Thank you for helping me raise these much- needed funds for my Bat Mitzvah project.

Sincerely,

Hannah Blugrind

 

There are several things you can do at home to help reduce your impact on the environment:

  • Eat less beef. Fish and poultry have a much lower impact on the environment, while other protein sources such as nuts and organic soy are even less damaging to the planet.

  • Think about packaging before you buy products. Individually-wrapped candy uses resources and generates a lot of trash, while fruits and vegetables are healthier and mean less waste.

  • Turn off lights and other electrical devices when you don’t need them. When light bulbs burn out, replace them with energy-efficient bulbs.

  • Do not waste water.

  • Recycle.

  • Do not overheat your house.

  • Think about where the things you buy come from and how they are made. Sometimes it’s better not to buy something new, and buy it used instead. Or skip buying it altogether if it’s not necessary.

  • Tell your family, friends, and relatives that you want to do more to protect the environment and why it’s important to do so. Spreading the word is very important.

Things you can do to help save rainforests:

  • Buy recycled paper.

  • Don’t buy wood products from rainforest countries unless you know they come from eco-friendly suppliers. A good way to know if wood is rainforest-safe is if it has a “certification label.” An example of a certification label is “FSC-certified” which means the wood comes from more responsibly managed forests. However bear in mind that no certification label is perfect, so do your research on the type of wood you are buying.

  • Learn more about rainforests and the plants and animals that live in them. Tell your friends and parents why rainforests are important.

  • Don’t buy products made from wildlife skins.

  • Don’t buy exotic pets that have been collected from the wild. You can ask pet stores whether animals are “wild-caught” or “captive bred.” “Captive bred” animals are more friendly for the environment.

  • Join an organization or an Internet group (Facebook has many communities) that is working to protect rainforests or wildlife.

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