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The Vital Breath: Saving Our Sacred Rainforests
It took millions of years for the rainforests to evolve, generating the complex, diverse life forms that exist in them. Rainforests help to form clouds that send rains that help to distribute fresh water. Rainforests are a major source of carbon dioxide absorption, and help to provide the world with clean air. They provide food, habitat and essential resources for 80% of the world’s land-based wildlife. They protect the livelihoods and cultures of indigenous peoples. However, every year, about 18 million hectares are being destroyed. In just 40 years, it is estimated that one billion hectares have disappeared, which represent approximately half the world’s rainforests. At current rates, rainforests will vanish altogether before 2090. This Holocene extinction driven by people, means that we have become the earth’s most dangerous super predator.
In this webinar, you will earn about the UN Environment Programme (UNEP’s) Interfaith Rainforest Initiative that has mobilized communities of faith to come together as a moral voice to raise awareness about the dangers to the rainforests caused by humans, and the role which believers and non-believers alike can play in protecting and saving this most vital of resources for our continued existence.

5:00 PM ET
4:00 PM CT
2:00 PM PT
10:00 PM London, UK

Mar 25, 2021 04:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Audrey Kitagawa
Immediate past chairperson of the Board for the Parliament of World Religions
Audrey Kitagawa was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. She is a cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California, and a graduate of Boston College Law School. She practiced law in Honolulu for twenty-plus years, and upon retirement in 1996, she had a Martindale-Hubbel AV rating, the highest rating for professional and ethical excellence in the legal profession. Kitagawa is the head of an international spiritual family based in Hawaii. She is also Advisor to the World Federation of United Nations Associations. She serves as a member of many advisory boards and councils, including the Toda Institute for Peace and Global Policy Research, the Executive Council of the World Commission for Global Consciousness and Spirituality and for the Spiritual Caucus of the United nations.