Rainforest Action Network

Donation: $50,000

Rainforest Action Network (RAN) works to preserve forests, protect the climate, and uphold human rights by challenging corporate power and systemic injustice. Our donation will help protect the Leuser Ecosystem of Sumatra, Indonesia, from the negative effects of the illegal expansion of pulpwood and palm oil plantations.

Why They're Climate Smart

Some of the world's largest intact rainforests are in Indonesia. The illegal deforestation and clearance of the associated peatlands threaten the "lungs of our planet" and will have climate implications ranging from Asia to the US.

To prevent this, RAN works with community partners and local authorities in the high-risk Leuser Ecosystem of Sumatra to document illegal deforestation, the clearing and burning of peatlands, labor abuses, and other violations. Coupled with high-profile international and local media coverage, RAN's work has maintained public scrutiny on the bad actors, increased the profile of the Leuser Ecosystem and the surrounding province as a global biodiversity hotspot, and resulted in a 40 percent reduction in deforestation.

You can learn about and support Rainforest Action Network by donating.