As we watch the world debate how best to address climate change, and as carbon emissions continue to soar, at least one climate strategy strikes me as a "no-brainer." We should do everything we can to save the world's forests.
Essentially, these programs would be funded by developed nations to help pay for community forestry projects in developing countries, if the communities can demonstrate that their efforts are saving forests.
Although little noted thus far in the U.S., Indonesia has just announced the details of a program intended to diminish forest destruction and thereby reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that scientists say are the main cause of climate change.
A drive through the Kampar Peninsula reveals hectare after hectare of forest conversion from healthy rainforest to palm oil plantations. There is no sign of animal life or biodiversity -- just row after row of palm.