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Protecting the Rainforest
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Posted: June 06, 2024
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    Rangers walk along a stream during a forest patrol. (AP/Dita Alangkara)
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    Forest ranger Rosita and her husband Muhammad Saleh care for their cows behind their house. (AP/Dita Alangkara)
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    Lead ranger Sumini takes a break during a forest patrol. (AP/Dita Alangkara)
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Women rangers step through a lush jungle in Indonesia. They look around. They spot someone!

“Where are you going? What are you doing?” the women pleasantly ask a man walking past, farming tools in hand. “Remember to not cut down trees wherever you go, OK?”

Indonesia is home to the world’s third-largest rainforest. Since 1950, people logged or burned more than 200,000 square miles of it. (That’s an area about twice the size of Germany.) People use the cut trees to make things such as paper and palm oil.

Many endangered animals and plants live in the jungle too. When people chop down trees illegally, that puts these creatures in danger.

It can also harm people. Many villagers rely on the forest for their livelihoods. Farmers harvest coffee in these jungles. Drinking water flows from the mountainside.

A villager named Sumini started the forest ranger group after her village flooded in 2015.

Usually, the village’s trees would help absorb all that water, kind of like a sponge. But they were illegally cut down.

“I looked at it and thought, ‘This is what caused the landslides and disaster,’” Sumini says. So she started the patrol group. The rangers measure and map the trees. They plant new ones. And they remind locals that the forest is important for their village.

Thanks to these women, the forests are becoming healthier. Deforestation is slowing. There are more trees and wildlife.

God created all the beauty on Earth. He wants us to work together to take care of the world and each other.

The Earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. — Psalm 24:1