The Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa is home to the second-largest rainforest in the world. Within the lush forests live incredible species found no where else in the world, like mountain gorillas and forest elephants. However, due to rampant poaching and civil unrest in the Congo, these beautiful animals are nearing extinction.

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In a petition on Care2, the Rainforest Alliance is calling on us to make a pledge to save these irreplaceable forests. The Congo Basin spans across eight countries, but saving the forests does not just affect the local areas. As a major vital ecosystem on the planet, the Congo Basin extraordinarily contributes to biodiversity. Because of this, the destruction of the Congo Basin will have a direct effect on all other corners of the world.

The petition explains how the development of mono-crops like rubber and oil palm in these forests is not only affecting biodiversity, but is hurting the indigenous people who call the forests home. The Rainforest Alliance is working with the people of Cameroon to organize community-managed forests, which have proven to successfully help protect forest cover.

The serious issues within the Congo are not confined to Africa; they are problems for the entire world. If the rainforests of the Congo Basin are not preserved and monitored, both human and animal lives will continue to perish because of greed and violence. Once these rainforests and the lives within them are gone, they can never be replaced.

If you cannot stand for what is happening in the Congo, please take a moment to sign this petition making your pledge to support the preservation of the Congo Basin. And please share this with your network to help gain more support for the cause!

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Image Source: Caitjeenk/ Wikimedia Commons

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