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Walt Disney Company Investing $7M in Projects to Protect World’s Forests

posted on November 3rd, 2009 by Beth Stevens, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Corporate Citizenship, Environment and Conservation


Did you know that one of the most effective ways to combat climate change and protect threatened wildlife is to preserve the world’s forests?

Together with Conservation International, Disney’s investments will help protect forests in the Congo Basin to reduce carbon emissions and benefit habitat for a wide-variety of species including the endangered gorilla.

That’s why as part of our company commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to protect diverse habitats we’re making a major investment in projects to protect forests in the Amazon, the Congo, the Lower Mississippi River valley and Northern California.

In partnership with leading conservation groups Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy and The Conservation Fund, we’re investing $7 million to support projects that use a variety of strategies including avoided deforestation, reforestation and integrated forest management to get the job done.

Working with The Nature Conservancy, Disney’s investment will support the development of an innovative reforestation project in the Lower Mississippi Valley to plant trees and restore up to 2,000 acres of former forest land.

These efforts supplement what we are already doing across the company to cut down on fossil fuel use, to switch to cleaner forms of energy and to educate kids and adults alike about being better environmental stewards. (If you don’t yet know about Friends for Change: Project Green or Disney’s Planet Challenge, you better check it out…)

Protecting forests is critical because they are disappearing at an alarming rate. Each year, about 50,000 square miles of forest disappear around the world, equal to the size of Pennsylvania. The burning and clearing of tropical forests is responsible for nearly 20% of the world’s greenhouse gas pollution, or more than all the world’s cars, trucks, planes, trains and ships combined!

If you are interested in learning more, visit our partners’ websites. They are doing some fantastic and innovative work that we are really proud to support.

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Bob from NC on November 3rd, 2009 at 11:17 am

Just one more reason why The Walt Disney Company is such a wonderful and successful company! ºOº We just visited WDW last week and I loved hearing more about Disney’s Conservation Fund while we were at Animal Kingdom. Our 2-year-old loved Rafiki’s Planet Watch and we all enjoyed learning at the Conservation Station.

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Evan on November 3rd, 2009 at 7:44 pm

VERY nice. Always good to see Disney giving back.

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