The Size of Herefordshire is a radical new scheme set up by a local group, that aims to protect an area of rainforest in the Amazon that is the same size as the county – 218,000 hectares in total.
Tropical rainforests play a crucial role in helping counteract climate change – they currently absorb nearly a fifth of the world’s man-made CO2 emissions every year, and are home to the indigenous Forest Peoples whose livelihoods depend entirely on them being sustained.
Herefordshire has a major problem with its carbon emissions and the Size of Herefordshire provides a unique opportunity for local people to take positive action, and to help keep this vital rainforest standing.
An interactive online map has been developed as a fundraising tool which links land in the county with parts of the rainforest. The map divides Herefordshire into individual squares each representing 10 hectares and with a one-off cost of £5.00 each to sponsor. You can sponsor up to 8 squares at a time.
The Size of Herefordshire is appealing to anyone who lives in the county to get involved by sponsoring their home, village, farm, business or a favourite place, by purchasing the relevant squares on the map.
Every pound raised through the map goes directly to the Forest Peoples Programme (UK Registered Charity No. 1082158). They assist the Forest Peoples in securing legal title of their land, thus preventing loggers and other corporations and exploiters from destroying it.
If you would like to support the project please visit www.sizeofherefordshire.org click on ‘Donate,’ scroll down to ‘donate through our map,’ and follow the simple steps. Any contribution, no matter how big or small is greatly appreciated.
With your help we can protect an area of rainforest that is ‘The Size of Herefordshire.’
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Co-ordinator: Jeremy Bugler, Woodlands Farm, Blakemere, Hereford HR2 9PY
telephone: 01981 500 378 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fundraiser: Susie de Labillière email: email@example.com
Steering Group: Sue Bell, Will Bullough, Geoff Petty, Ingrid Heatly, Jeremy Bugler