RAINFOREST CONSERVATION WITH HOJA NUEVA, BOARD MEMBER 2016-2018
January 1st, 2018. Sitting at a cafe with spotty WiFi in Puerto Maldonado, the town outside of Las Piedras region of the Amazon, home to Hoja Nueva’s eco lodge, it’s beautiful here! And a reality check...there is a prevalent contrast of lush rainforested areas to completely dessolate black charred places where the forest has been burnt down entirely. It’s a concentrated circle of life - human destruction, regrowth, abundance, destruction, etc.
Hoja Nueva confronts deforestation in the Amazon rainforest and inequalities within agricultural value chains by protecting land and by providing communities with the support necessary to produce sustainable crops while ensuring fair direct-trade wages.
"Proceeds from last year’s Rainforest Gala (our annual fundraiser for Hoja Nueva in Seattle, WA) enabled us to build a zero-carbon footprint eco-lodge in the lowland Amazon rainforest, which now provides conservation and agroforestry education in a world threatened by rampant deforestation and climate change," states Hoja Nueva president, Ecology PhD, NIH Global Health Fellow, and Fashion for Conservation co-founder, Samantha Zwicker.
Ways you can help: Come visit the jungle with us! Experice the stark contrast of life and death in the amazon in person. Attend our next annual rainforest gala (or one of our other conservation fundraisers). Or, make a donation to Hoja Nueva at Hojanueva.org
AFRICAN WILDLIFE FOUNDATION, FUNDRAISING AMBASSADOR 2016-2017