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Hummingbird Movement... Save the Atlantic Rainforest!
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Hummingbird Movement... Save The Atlantic Rainforest!
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Become Part of a Story of Hope!
I wrote a book. It is about how we can live through trauma by changing our perspective of what happens to us, so that we can find the purpose in our pain, so that we see HOPE and can go forward.
I wrote this book in partnership with an Organisation called Iracambi that is helping to conserve an area of rainforest in Brazil that is in critical danger of disappearing completely. There is just 7% of this Rainforest left.
Everybody knows the plight of the Amazon, especially after the recent and well publicised fires. The hashtag #prayforamazonas was tweeted over 300,000 times in just a few days! That is the power of social media.
I want to use this power, with your help, to support this lesser known forest that I love so much, which has a much bigger struggle...
The Atlantic Forest lies between the states of Rio Grande do Norte and Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil, stretching from the coast to the inland mountains. It is a place of extraordinary beauty and it is a treasure house of biodiversity. Tragically, much of its immense variety of flora and fauna is severely endangered by habitat loss. We hear a lot about the destruction of the Amazon Forest, but the fact is that the plight of the Atlantic Forest is far more critical. 20% of the Amazon Forest has gone, but 93% of the Atlantic Forest has vanished, together with the species that used to live there.
The rate of deforestation continues to be highly alarming. In 1998 the Atlantic Forest was declared a national heritage. The government prohibited further forest clearing, but destruction continues. The Woolly Spíder Monkey, the symbol of the forest, is almost totally extinct.
The struggle comes from fragmentation, which is an issue replicated in forests across the world, including here in New Zealand. Our treasured Kiwi is endangered because of deforestation that has occurred here too. The smaller the fragment of a forest, the fewer species it will be able to sustain. As fragments get smaller, species loss increases. All over the world. And deforestation leads to fires because the land is arid. It has been found that the areas of forest burning in the Amazon were already deforested.
My vision with Life Through a Lens is to donate $5 USD from each book sale directly to Iracambi, which will cover the cost to plant a tree and maintain it for a year. They currently have very little funding and support because not many know the struggle of this rainforest. Iracambi resides in the 15,000 ha Serra do Brigadeiro State Park, which is one of the largest and most important surviving forest areas in the state. Iracambi is doing what they can to ensure that the process of fragmentation is halted and the forest is restored. Their first priority in biodiversity conservation is preventing habitat loss and increasing fragment size, through creating and managing protected areas, enrichment planting and reforesting degraded forest land.
When I connected with a Publisher to print Life Through a Lens, they saw the opportunity to write the story of Iracambi and the Atlantic Rainforest into my story. And I see the opportunity to do this as an opportunity to raise awareness of the "story" that this story is currently untold! Just like my story was before I wrote it. And writing it healed me. I was a victim of rape in South America in 2004. Volunteering with Iracambi in 2010 was part of me trying to understand how to escape the trauma of that experience as my life began to unravel. The experience in that forest was a pivotal part of my story as I realised quite how far out of alignment I had gone from my Soul Goal by living in a survival mode that kept me safe from everything I feared after the rape happened.
Every pledge of $30 will receive a copy of Life Through a Lens once it is printed; like a pre-order. Each book will have 100 blank pages for your words about how Life Through a Lens has changed your perspective. The intention is for this to begin a global chain of giving and impact, as readers share glimpses into their own stories, their pain and how they have been inspired by Life Through a Lens to discover their purpose. This space in the book is for their messages of hope, so that they can gift their copy of the book on and inspire others. And in gifting on they are opening another pair of eyes to the struggle of the Atlantic Rainforest, so another person can do their part to save it.
I plan to write the story of the Atlantic Forest and Iracambi into my story, using the Hummingbird, which is the symbol of Iracambi as the character with the story to tell. She sees the forest's destruction. She watches the Farmer struggle with the decision of whether to conserve or develop under the pressure of his family's needs that must be met. She sees Iracambi's good work and the struggles they face and she sees the vision of hope for the forest she would die to conserve. As she drops tiny beads of water onto the forest's flames, the other species laugh and say she can never make a difference to the fire that is burning through their home. She say's, "I am doing my part".
Will you do your part with me and pledge $30 to receive Life Through a Lens once it is printed and help tell the story of the Atlantic Forest?
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"I know your story, and the difference that telling it can make to both people around the world, and the Atlantic rainforest. Kia Kaha Clare."