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  • OVERPOPULATION
  • BIODIVERSITY
  • RAINFORESTS
Winning Issue » RAINFORESTS


Covering only 6% of the planet’s surface, rainforests are tropical rain-soaked regions that are home to half of Earth’s plant and animal species. Latin America contains nearly 60% of all tropical rainforests, one third of them in Brazil alone. Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands and West Africa contain the remainder. Some rainforests have existed for 100 million years. Several plants identified as promising cancer treatments are found only in these areas even though less than 3% of all rainforest species have been chemically analyzed. About 25 million acres of rainforest are destroyed each year, and at present rates of destruction, this valuable resource will vanish by 2040. Many forces such as logging, farming, ranching, mining and oil extraction contribute to worldwide deforestation. Climate change is also having a powerful effect. Several efforts to protect rainforests have been successful, including those that have significantly reduced the rate of destruction of Amazon’s rainforests. Purchase-to-protect and adopt-a-forest programs have had mixed results at preventing logging and farming. One reason is that rainforests provide subsistence to a growing number of indigenous people. Advocates say community-managed natural forests may hold the best promise for rain forest preservation. Applying this method, native people own their own land and manage it sustainability. Restrictions are placed on the age and type of trees that may be harvested. Invested in their environment, local owners fight forest fires, reduce illegal wood and wildlife trafficking, and harvest non-timber products such as pepper, date palm and gum.


Pending Legislation:
S.566 - Tropical Forest Conservation Reauthorization Act of 2015




Polling Options

  • I oppose reforming current rainforest policy and wish to defeat S.566 - Tropical Forest Conservation Reauthorization Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support renaming the Tropical Forest Facility the Conservation Facility, and including non-tropical forests and coral reef ecosystems within the scope of, and eligible for, benefits under this Act; appointing one or more individuals to serve on oversight bodies for grants from a debt-for-nature swap or debt buyback regardless of whether the United States is a party to any agreement between the eligible purchaser and the government of the beneficiary country, and wish to pass S.566 - Tropical Forest Conservation Reauthorization Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Sen. Bob Corker (TN) and/or Sen. Rob Portman (OH), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option

  • I support renaming the Tropical Forest Facility the Conservation Facility, and including non-tropical forests and coral reef ecosystems within the scope of, and eligible for, benefits under this Act; appointing one or more individuals to serve on oversight bodies for grants from a debt-for-nature swap or debt buyback regardless of whether the United States is a party to any agreement between the eligible purchaser and the government of the beneficiary country, and wish to pass S.566 - Tropical Forest Conservation Reauthorization Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Sen. Bob Corker (TN) and/or Sen. Rob Portman (OH), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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Pledge Period - Opening Date
April 2, 2020
Pledge Period - Closing Date
April 15, 2020
Trustee Election - Begins
April 9, 2020


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