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Celebrated annually on 22 June, International Rainforest Day is dedicated to raising awareness and encouraging action to protect our planet's rainforests. But why is it so important to us and so many other people across planet Earth?

These vital ecosystems are home to an incredible diversity of plant and animal species and play a crucial role in regulating the global climate.

Rainforests are often referred to as the lungs of the Earth because they produce about 20% of the world's oxygen. They are also a significant carbon sink, absorbing vast amounts of carbon dioxide and helping to mitigate climate change and play a vital role in local weather systems. 

Millions of species are found in rainforests making them the most biodiverse regions on the planet! Many rainforest species are still unknown to science. 

Indigenous peoples have lived in harmony with these forests for thousands of years, drawing upon their deep ecological knowledge to manage and protect these lands. Protecting rainforests also means safeguarding the rights and traditions of these indigenous peoples.

Despite their ecological and cultural importance, rainforests are threatened by the impacts of climate change and deforestation caused by activities such as logging, agriculture and mining.



Nestled in the foothills of Mount Kenya lies the Irangi Forest, a crucial water catchment that sustains life for communities across Kenya. Recognising its role in providing approximately 40% of the nation's water supply, a dedicated reforestation project has taken root, aiming to breathe new life into this vital ecosystem.

With only 7% of Kenya's land covered by trees, the country faces significant challenges posed by deforestation. The reforestation project in the Irangi Forest seeks to reverse this trend by restoring 105 hectares of land annually, transforming barren landscapes into semi-natural forests reminiscent of the region's native woodlands. By promoting agroforestry practices on community lands, the project aims to alleviate pressure on existing forests while simultaneously creating vital habitats for endangered species such as the black rhinoceros, leopard, and African elephant. Through a holistic approach that prioritises ecosystem restoration and community engagement, this initiative not only safeguards the future of Mount Kenya's forests but also ensures a sustainable future for generations to come.

This footage was captured in Ruiri Beat, located next to the Upper Imenti Forest project site in Kenya near an elephant breeding spot, so many mother elephants and their young calves are often spotted here. ​


The forest here has degraded, leading to reduced water levels and foliage, resulting in challenges for the resident wildlife, including elephants. However, thanks to the tree planting initiatives, this is being reversed.


In the next 5 to 10 years the site is expected to undergo full restoration, with plans to remove the fence that currently projects the seedlings giving them space to grow. The elephants will have access expanded feeding grounds abundant in shade and cover. This restoration effort not only benefits the local ecosystem but also ensures a brighter future for the wildlife dependent on the forest's resources.

Image by Pat Whelen


There are many actions you can take in your day to day life to help support our planet. We think every day should be Earth Day and encourage you to  support our planet every day by making small changes or taking action. This year’s theme is Planet vs. Plastics, so we’ve put together a few ideas for easy changes you can make to your life to do better for the planet.


Reduce Your Carbon Footprint: Make conscious choices to reduce your carbon emissions. Opt for public transport, reduce energy consumption, and support renewable energy sources.

Reduce your use of palm oil:
Opt for products that don't contain palm oil, and if you do use products with palm oil, ensure it is sourced sustainably.



Choose Sustainable Products: Purchase products that are sustainably sourced. Look for certifications such as Rainforest Alliance or Fair Trade, which ensure that products are harvested responsibly.


Support Indigenous Rights:
Advocate for the rights of Indigenous communities who are the stewards of the rainforests. Support organisations and initiatives that empower these communities and recognise their land rights.


Advocate and Educate: Use your voice to raise awareness about the importance of rainforests. Educate your community, support policies that protect these ecosystems, and engage in local conservation efforts.


Support Reforestation Efforts: Join TreeSisters as a monthly donor. Your contributions will directly fund tree planting and forest restoration projects that restore degraded landscapes and protect existing forests.

By incorporating these small changes into your eco-friendly efforts, you can continue to make a meaningful difference in reducing your impact on the planet and our rainforests.


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Sedahan Jaya residents who are active in reforestation activities




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