Monday, 20 June 2011 17:09

National Geographic: Polar Bears and Climate Change

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The National Geographic Society is a global organization that inspires people to care about the planet. One look at these polar bears fighting to survive in the warming Arctic is enough to make you care about climate change, in particular. Click here to see National Geographic's stunning photo gallery of a mother bear and her cubs adapting to the challenges of melting ice flows. Not one to just report on current events, National Geographic takes action every day against climate change, and Carbonfund.org is proud to support their sustainability goals. National Geographic has mitigated the carbon emissions from their premises for 2011 and 2012 through Carbonfund.org's third-validated forest projects in developing areas of Africa. The Forest Again Project is a reforestation initiative in the Kakamega Forest, which is the last remaining lowland rainforest in Kenya’s Western Province. With over 50% of this area lost to deforestation since 1933, this project will reestablish a forest corridor between existing forest islands, create jobs and business opportunities for impoverished, forest?adjacent communities (e.g., by purchasing seedlings from community nurseries, planting trees, and managing the growing forest), and build capacity for local conservation organization’s mission to develop alternative income projects for communities. The goals of the Forest Again Project are to sequester nearly 400,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide, by reforesting 1,250 areas, to conserve the rich biodiversity in this unique and threatened African ecosystem, as well as enhance the livelihoods of people in forest adjacent communities. Climate change is a global problem, so whether you're planting trees in Africa or raising money for a community solar panel in your hometown, you're making a difference for our planet and endangered species like the polar bear. The National Geographic Society has been inspiring people to care about the planet since 1888. It is one of the largest non-profit scientific and educational institutions in the world. Its interests include geography, archaeology and natural science, the promotion of environmental and historical conservation. To learn more visit: www.nationalgeographic.com
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