One of the tasks I have been delegated as part of my internship is that of soliciting allies for the now revived Forest Carbon Coalition. One cannot deny the importance of forest management in the mitigation and ministration of climate change. Forests are considered carbon sinks by helping regulate the carbon cycle. Nevertheless, as a result of human activities that release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, there is an increasing amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and not enough forests that sequestre it. Following the Amazon Rainforest fires, particularly those that took place during the month of August, many people in the world once again came to the conclusion that all forests in the world are important in aiding humans adapt to climate change.
During this past month I have been involved in reaching out to different interest groups in the USA to become a part of or rejoin the Federal Forest Carbon Coalition. This coalition consists of environmental justice and conservation groups, as well as scientists, economists and sociologists whose aim is to protect US forests from harmful logging practices.
Forests are said to be an integral part of managing climate change and this network of people and organisations aims to be one of the ways that private, protected and indigenous forest interests can come together to protect themselves.
In contacting the different organisations, I am again reminded of the importance of interdisciplinarity in ensuring all interest and things will be considered. This is echoed by the fact that these groups and individuals represent a wide range of people from forest protection groups in specific regions and states, to water management organisations, a professor and also grassroots interest groups.