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Happy International Day of #Forests! Fact: Around 1.6 billion people – including more than 2,000 indigenous cultures – depend on forests for their livelihood. 
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A growing body of scientific evidence shows that the felling of tropical forests creates optimal conditions for the spread of mosquito-borne scourges, including malaria and dengue. Primates and other animals are also spreading disease from cleared forests to people.
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Why saving forests has emerged as a key part of the global climate picture.
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Newly grown #rainforests can absorb 11 times as much #carbon from the atmosphere as old-growth #forests, a study has shown.
Secondary rainforests - if allowed to flourish in the right conditions - can absorb 11 times as much carbon as old-growth rainforests, a study shows.
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Peter Wohlleben, a career ranger, has topped best-seller lists with “The Hidden Life of Trees,” describing trees as social beings that communicate on the “Wood Wide Web.”
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If a deal is reached, nations — particularly tropical countries — will have agreed to sharp reductions in deforestation, and in some cases to ending it.
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‪#‎JusticiaParaBerta‬
Honduran indigenous and environmental organizer Berta Cáceres has been assassinated in her home. She was one of the leading organizers for indigenous land rights in Honduras.
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"Central America is one of the regions on the frontline when it comes to climate change."

#climate #foodsecurity #CentralAmerica  
Already facing the prospect of climate change affecting its high-value coffee plants, Central America now has to contend with a threat to one of its most important food crops – beans.
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From now through August 2016, Trees, Water & People (TWP) and Utz Che’ will be deploying 500 new clean cookstoves into three indigenous communities in the departments of Chiquimula, Jutiapa, and Escuintla.

#cookstoves   #Guatemala   #conservation  
by Sebastian Africano, International Director After six months of planning, we are proud to launch into an ambitious clean cookstove initiative with our partner Utz Che' in Guatemala. From now thr...
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"The campesinos in La Bendición are an awe-inspiring example of the courage and the perseverance required on this journey. Together they are creating a place where the values and the strengths of the Mayan people can shine forth and illuminate for the rest of us what it means to heal our earth." #Guatemala 
by Peggy Christiansen, Guatemala Work Tour Participant I came back from our Work Tour with Trees, Water & People humbled, amazed, inspired, joy-filled, and moved to the depths of my soul. La Be...
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Happy Holidays from the TWP staff!
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We'll be showing +This Changes Everything in Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins next month! 
Director Avi Lewis’ new film, This Changes Everything, asks the question, “What if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we’ll ever get to build a better world?” The film attempts to “r...
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Trees, Water & People (TWP) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by Stuart Conway and Richard Fox in 1998, in Fort Collins, Colorado with the mission to improve people’s lives by helping communities to protect, conserve and manage the natural resources upon which their long-term well-being depends.

• Nationally, TWP is actively involved with helping to improve the lives of Native American families living in tribal communities of the Great Plains and beyond. During the long and harsh winters, Native Americans commonly spend more than half of their income on exorbitant utility bills. Together, with our partner, Lakota Solar Enterprises, we have built over 850 economic solar heating systems, saving tribal families 20-30% on their monthly heating bills, and trained more than 175 tribal members in residential and facility-scale renewable energy applications. We have also planted trees and shrubs around home sites for more than 160 additional families, further lowering heating costs and associated emissions by acting as an important wind block during the frigid winter and providing much needed shade during the sweltering summer.

• Internationally, TWP works extensively in Central America and Haiti. Together, with our country-based partners, we support 20 community-led tree nurseries that produce over 350,000 trees annually to aid in reforestation efforts, planting over 5.3 million trees to date. In addition, we have built more than 63,000 clean cookstoves. Each cookstove decreases a family’s need for firewood by 50-70%, as compared to standard open fire cooking, and reduces carbon emissions by at least 1.5 tons per year. When smoke is vented to the outside of the home, these improved cookstoves also decrease indoor air pollution, which is responsible for the death of 4.2 million people, mostly women and children, globally every year.
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970-484-3678, 877-606-4TWP
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633 Remington St. Fort Collins, CO 80524 United States