Rainforests are vital for the survival of life on Earth. We depend on the Amazon rainforest alone for 20% of the oxygen we breathe and the freshwater we drink. They absorb our carbon dioxide, stabilize climate patterns, and are home to half the world’s plant and animal species.

Yet every minute, we lose 40 football fields of rainforests, which threatens our biodiversity and imperils our planet’s health. Deforestation alone produces 15% of global carbon dioxide emissions that cause climate change, more than that of all cars and trucks on Earth. However, reversing deforestation could cut global emissions by a third.

World Rainforest Day celebrates this precious natural resource and encourages action to preserve it. Your efforts, together with the actions of others, can have a positive impact on rainforests, biodiversity and the climate worldwide.

To download the Toolkit World Rainforest Day Toolkit , go to www.connect2earth.org. On the website you will find two packs for Educators and Partners, which consist of a guidelines booklet, Social Media assets for Facebook, Instagram, IG Stories and Twitter, as well as suggested social copy. View them directly here: https://connect2earth.org/world_rainforest_day/.

Classroom Video Resources

● Biome Tour Jungles – ​https://www.ourplanet.com/en/video/biome-tour-of-our-jungles

● How to Save Our Jungles –

● https://www.ourplanet.com/en/video/how-to-save-our-jungles

● Classroom resource: What is biodiversity? https://www.ourplanet.com/en/video/classroom-resource-what-is-biodiversity/

● Birds of Paradise Video – ​https://www.ourplanet.com/en/video/birds-of-paradise

● How to Save Our Planet – ​https://www.ourplanet.com/en/video/how-to-save-our-planet

● Five steps to help Our Planet – https://www.ourplanet.com/en/video/five-steps-to-help-save-our-planet

Useful Links

● Youth for Our Planet (Blog): ​https://www.youthforourplanet.com

● Our Planet Schools and Youth Page: ​https://www.ourplanet.com/en/schools-and-youth/

● Our Planet Live – Skype in the Classroom: ​https://education.microsoft.com/ourplanetlive ● Wild Wisdom Quiz – ​https://quiz.wwfindia.org/wwq/

About #Connect2Earth

Connect to Earth is a global campaign designed to spread the message as to why nature matters. Together, we hope to create a movement of people around the world who are speaking up to tackle the dual challenge facing the planet – climate change and the loss of nature. By creating assets on key days throughout the year, WWF work to facilitate conversations about nature, raise awareness on the values of biodiversity and inform people of the steps they can take to conserve and use it sustainably.

WWF has partnered with United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to create connect2earth.org​. It is a new platform designed to share tools to push for action and change. The project is supported by Germany’s Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety with funding from the International Climate Initiative (IKI).

This information is shared by AFF on behalf of WWF.