President and founder of the Amazon Aid Foundation, Sarah duPont, reflects on our accomplishments over the past year in an end of the year address:
With the end of 2015 near, I am writing with gratitude on behalf of the Amazon Aid Foundation to thank you for your support and to share this year’s wonderful accomplishments. We were able to reach further than ever before with our mission to protect the Amazon and educate the people around the world of the importance of the rainforest. Your support is what makes our work possible.
What did Amazon Aid accomplish in 2015? More than we could have ever imagined. We kicked off the year with a brand new interactive website designed to educate and empower people to protect the world’s greatest rainforest. Explore our new learning center to discover the beauty and wonder of the Amazon and take action against deforestation by symbolically adopting an acre through Acre Care or support reforestation efforts by symbolically planting a tree in areas affected by gold mining.
In April, we produced our first benefit concert at the beautiful Paramount Theatre of Charlottesville with Grammy Award winning jazz musicians Wayne Shorter, Esperanza Spalding, Leo Genovese and Terri Lyne Carrington. There was even a guest appearance by the children of the Venable Elementary School Choir! The audience experienced the beauty of the Amazon rainforest in a multimedia journey combining arts, education, and awareness in one beautiful package.
2015 also saw the release of the Anthem for the Amazon, a music video PSA to raise awareness for the solutions to deforestation and climate change. The song brought together the voices of 500 children from 50 counties around the world united under one message: we must protect forests for a healthy future.
To close out the year, the Amazon Aid team made the trip to Paris to attend COP21, the historic United Nations climate negotiations which have been dominating the news cycle. We were part of an event with the Peruvian government and a coalition of parents, students, and schools from the Cut the Red Tape Project working to bring youth voices inside the negotiations, which we did through showing the Anthem for the Amazon. It has become very clear that the Amazon is an essential natural buffer for climate change.
Next year looks to be even more promising, with the release of our new film River of Gold. Stay tuned and stay inspired to help protect our forests and a healthy planet. None of this would have been possible without you. Please help support our work in the new year with a tax-deductible donation today.
I wish you the happiest of holidays and a wonderful New Year
President and Founder
Amazon Aid Foundation