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Mariá harvests cacao pods, the raw ingredients for chocolate.

People Powered Projects

Believe in the ability to adapt and thrive.

Mariá harvesting cacao pods in the Peruvian Amazon.

People-powered projects tackle a key driver of deforestation: poverty.

Cash generation eases financial hardship. People-powered projects such as sustainable income generation, food security and education can help stop the need to sell rainforest as a last resort for much needed cash.

People who live in rainforest have already suffered many injustices before bearing the brunt of climate breakdown. Now those who contribute the least carbon emissions suffer the most and do the most work to undo the damage.

By giving people exactly what they need to thrive in spite of these pressures, rainforest and the carbon stored in it will stay there for thousands of years to come.

The people-powered projects you champion enable social and economic growth that helps communities leapfrog threats to the forest.

Cool Earth team members look at a large map of the area in a remote village in Peru.

Jaime, Cutivireni resident, at a participatory mapping exercise with the Cool Earth team.

The sun rises over misty Amazonian forest.

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You can't do much on an empty stomach, with little opportunities or no cash. If you back people today you can cover the basic necessities needed to help rainforest communities thrive.