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Committed to tackling tropical deforestation in our supply chains
Young people around the world are standing up for the future they want to see and more and more schools are supporting their students’ vision of a happier, healthier planet.
Our Deforestation Free Schools campaign supports schools to reduce their tropical forest footprint and empower children to become ‘ethical, informed citizens’ by learning about the threats to tropical forests and the solutions to protect them.
Across the world, governments, organisations and communities are taking action to stop deforestation caused by forest-risk products, such as imported beef, soy and palm oil.
In Wales, we eat and use many products that come from tropical regions, such as beef from South America, soy (which we feed to the animals we eat), palm oil, coffee, chocolate, timber, paper and pulp.
Forest fact: Over 50% of packaged
food products contain palm oil.
Tropical forests, which are home to Indigenous Peoples, plants and animals are often cut down to grow these products.
The more of these products we buy, (and often throw away), the more land we need to grow more crops, which means that more and more trees are cut down.
This is not only a big problem for forests, people and animals, but it means that we have less trees to stop our planet getting hotter.
Find out what actions you need to take to become a Deforestation Free School.How to become a Deforestation Free School
A Deforestation Free School has done everything within its power to remove tropical deforestation from its supply chains* and raise awareness about the importance of tropical forests and what we can do to protect them.
This starts with learning about how forest-risk products are grown and where they come from and investigating which products are in your school. These might range from the ingredients in your school meals to the paper in your classroom.
It also means speaking to your local council and businesses, such as supermarkets, about their efforts to reduce deforestation and provide climate and nature-friendly school meals.
All of our resources are linked to the new curriculum and will help guide your school community to take meaningful steps towards becoming deforestation free.
*It’s very difficult to completely remove the risk of deforestation in our supply chains. This is because we often don’t know where forest-risk products and ingredients come from, how they were grown or which foods contain forest-risk ingredients. We also might not have the opportunity to make these decisions ourselves. However, there are plenty of ways for us to protect our forests, for example: