Rainforest Heroes

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Emily Pohlonski, Common Sense Media
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Empowers kids to save the rainforest with actionable tasks.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about ecology, rainforests, and the ways humans are impacting our environment. Rainforest Heroes helps kids to see that having diversity of living things matters and when that biodiversity is decreased, we all are threatened. Engaging activities give kids concrete tools to help save rainforests, and, ultimately, teach them the essentials of protesting.

 

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Empowers kids to save rainforests!

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Site users are encouraged to donate to the cause.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Rainforest Heroes is a website dedicated to the conservation of all types of rainforests. It helps kids learn more about how rainforests are threatened and concrete ways we can take action to solve these problems. One of their programs, Protect-an-Acre, involves fundraising, but none of the other activities require money. In order to sign online petitions families must enter a name and email address.    

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What's it about?

Rainforest Heroes is a website that helps kids learn about and protect the rainforest. Activities teach kids about the importance of maintaining biodiversity and the ways we are reducing the species in the rainforest.They can also read about what other kids are doing to support the cause, like a group that made 400 posters for Earth Day. Kids can help by signing petitions or participating in letter writing campaigns to companies that threaten rainforest health.

Is it any good?

Rainforest Heroes' biggest strength is that it provides real ways for kids to take action and see results. It includes kids’ letters along with letters from people from all over the world in the hopes of making a bigger impact on CEOs and decision makers. However, there's currently just one option to write to a CEO; it would be nice if kids had a choice in which companies they'd like to contact. The site isn't up to date in some areas: certain links and images are broken, and it could use some more fleshed-out content to help kids see how their actions make a difference. However, working content is kid-centered, cool, and definitely worth a look.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Talk to your kids about donation; how do you decide if you should donate money to a cause? What causes are important to them?

  • Raise money together for the Protect-an-Acre Program through recycling bottles or a car wash.

  • Check out your books at home to see if they are on the site’s rainforest safe reading list.These are books that are made of paper that is considered “Environmentally Improved” or “Environmentally Superior” by the Environmental Paper Network.

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