Though no road, no phone, and no computer reaches the rainforest communities in South America that make their living by harvesting the surrounding jungle, one Austin-based non-profit, the Rainforest Partnership run by Niyanta Spelman, has been working with rainforest communities to help them make a living in sustainable ways and to raise awareness of the disappearing forests. In doing so, this project creates a model not only of ecological sustainability, but also of social responsibility and social inclusiveness—while slowing down the destruction that, if continued at the current rate, threatens to disappear the remaining rainforests by 2050.


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  • Learn more about the work of the Rainforest Partnership.   
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