Conservation is at the core of the Butterfly Pavilion’s mission and Tropical Odyssey brings to life our daily work by explaining how Butterfly Farming and other sustainable business practices are helping to protect the rainforest.
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What Can We Do to Help Rainforests?
- Learn more about tropical rainforests and the plants, animals, and people that depend upon them.
- Educate yourself and others. We appreciate things that we have learned about. By sharing the plight of the rain forest, we can increase awareness and make a change.
- Be a life-long learner here at the Pavilion (and elsewhere), share what you have learned with both our visitors and staff!
- Write letters… Public opinion can help to change a company’s practices.
- To congressional representatives to express concern about the destruction of tropical rainforests.
- To corporations whose practices destroy the rainforest.
- Visit tropical countries and support responsible eco-tourism.
- Support conservation organizations that are working to protect tropical rainforests and their indigenous people.
- Recycle aluminum; you can reduce the amount of bauxite that must be mined from the ground in tropical countries.
- Buy only domestically captive-bred exotic pets to discourage illegal trade in threatened or endangered species.
- Purchase sustainable wood sources
- When purchasing furniture, investigate the source of the wood to determine whether it was grown in a sustainable manner.
- Use less paper because most paper is made from trees. You can use recycled paper or paper that is made from other plant products besides trees such as a farmers’ leftovers like corn stalks … look for the words “post-consumer waster” to have the biggest impact.
- Look for rainforest friendly products
- Shade grown coffee
- Chocolate from responsible producers
- Eat less red meat. Rain forests are being slashed and burned to clear the land for cattle. For every ¼ pound fast-food hamburger that comes from the rain forest, 55 square feet of rain forest is destroyed.
- Use less gasoline and plastic
- Gasoline and plastic are made from petroleum or oil. Extraction of oil is very harmful to the rain forest.
- This also reduces pollution
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- Support businesses and organizations that sustain rainforests, like the Butterfly Pavilion!