Cool Earth works alongside indigenous villages to halt rainforest destruction. Why is this important?
Did you know "the Average American emits about 21 metric tons of CO2 every year?...On typical estimates, the social cost of one metric ton of CO2 is about $32. So the social cost of one American's greenhouse gas emissions is $670 a year.
Cool Earth claims it costs them about $100 to prevent one acre of rainforest from being cut down, and that every acre locks in 260 metric tons of CO2. This would mean that it costs just about 38 cents to prevent one metric ton of CO2 from being emitted." -William Macaskill, Doing Good Better
WHICH MEANS, it would cost the average American just $7.98 per year to offset their carbon footprint by donating to Cool Earth. To date, Cool Earth has saved 654,073 acres of rainforest and protected 156,507,006 trees. AMAZING!
HOW you ask? Cool Earth does not buy land, it provides economic assistance to local communities in order to create an infrastructure worth more than selling off their trees. This not only improves the lives of some of the 1.6 billion people relying on rainforests for survival, but it helps prevent deforestation and ultimately climate change.
"Our changing climate is the most pressing challenge facing our world today. Forest loss plays a major part in this, contributing to more than 21% of all CO2 emissions. Keeping rainforests standing is the simplest and cheapest way to mitigate climate change. Despite this, we are destroying the world's rainforests at a faster rate than ever." -Cool Earth