No one knows exactly how many species live in rainforests, but it’s thought that they contain about 50 percent of all life on land. Rainforests play a vital role in sustaining this incredible biodiversity, as well as all life on this planet. But our fight to protect them is failing. “You can go on about how we need to save the rainforest, but if local people can’t get food or can’t educate their children then it doesn’t mean an awful lot,” says Aled Evans, from our partner Undiscovered Destinations.
No matter how much we advocate for the protection of our rainforests, we will only be successful if we address inequalities of the people who live there.
That’s where responsible tourism steps in. It’s one of the best ways to sustain economies in rainforest areas, providing jobs that are an alternative source of income to logging, and paying the salaries of park rangers who guard against poachers. By traveling to visit the rainforests of the world, you can help prove how valuable they really are.
Keep reading to discover more about rainforest vacations.