We’re helping to save the rainforest – please help too!

The Ecuadorian Rainforest needs you.

 

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Dear Subsonicians, this is a matter very dear to our hearts. The rainforests of Western Ecuador, comprising of what is the most biologically diverse ecosystem on earth, are extremely endangered and need our help NOW. Despite Ecuador’s small size the country has 20,000 species of plants, which is 10% of the total plants found on Earth, the greatest number per unit area of any country. 18% of the world’s bird species of which many are endemic, over 1000 species of reptiles and amphibians and a largely unknown number of arthropods with at least 4500 species of butterflies. Not to mention the staggering array of fungi species and other organisms. Many new species are still being discovered in Ecuador’s forests yearly. Despite the amazing diversity, Ecuador has in the last half century experienced the fastest rates of deforestation on this planet. Less than 2% of the original forest in Western Ecuador remains. What is left of primary forest survives in small reserves which still contain many of the original species of each area.

Last year, the Ecuadorean government secretly signed a mining agreement covering Los Cedros and other “protected” areas with the Canadian mining company “Cornerstone Capital Resources inc”. This destructive and corrupt behaviour needs to be stopped.

We are honoured to be able to host John Seed, the founder and director of the Rainforest Information Centre at Sub17, who’s been fighting for the protection of the world’s rainforests since 1979 and will be running an information stall as well as several workshops at Sub17 to raise awareness about the seriosity and severeness of this urgent problem.

Subsonic Music is supporting John’s work and getting the ball rolling with a $300 donation, and we ask you to do the same. Donating even $5 or $10 dollars will make a huge difference so please be part of the Subsonic Music community’s support for these rainforests. All donations are tax-deductible.



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