Amazon Fund was
established to preserve millions of acres of the Amazon
as quickly as possible.
The Amazon rainforest was reduced by 6.5 million acres
in 2004 contributing to a total reduction over the last 20 years
of over 50 million acres. Global warming is not just a factor of
carbon emissions but also the reduction of the earth’s capacity
to take emitted carbon out of the atmosphere. The Amazon is a
massive carbon extractor from the atmosphere with each acre
estimated to be able to extract 1,600 pounds of carbon annually.
While there are many local financial incentives for the
destruction of the rainforest, such as for cattle grazing or the
growing of soybeans, there is little incentive for preservation
of the rainforest. Amazon Fund has been established to provide
incentives for the preservation through conservation
sponsorships that any individual or organization can use to make