Buying rainforest for a steady supply of oxygen – it’s donation time!

September 8, 2016

It’s donation time. It might not sound like a whole lot, but in the world of books it is — one hundred dollars. This is the amount that I will donate from the proceeds of my book sales. For the record, the counter stands at zero at the time of writing. No books have been sold yet, but it’ll be up for sale in a few weeks time. It’ll retail for $2.99.

Buying 'jungle land' will or may help protect the parrot and many other exotic animals.
Parrots are located worldwide, but mostly in tropical areas. In other words, they need the rainforest and the rainforest needs them.

In order to get to a hundred (dollars), I’d have to sell about hundred copies, bearing in mind that Amazon in all probability will only give me a buck a book or so. There’s taxes and all kinds of other eye-rolling deductions. Definitely not easy for (first-time) authors.

So yeah, I came across the — Rainforest Trust — and, impulsive as I am, that’s where the money will go. Their website says that for a hundred American dollars you can purchase ten acres (about four hectares) of rainforest. I somehow found that appealing; a steady supply of oxygen for a mere hundred bucks. Did you, by the way, know that twenty percent of the world’s oxygen comes from the Amazon rainforest? I didn’t.

Over half of the world’s jungles have already been destroyed.
Over half of the world’s rainforests have already been destroyed, and a further 67,000 acres, (27,000 hectares), are lost every day.

So, why am I telling you all this? Well, you … the man / woman on the street — the book purchaser — you need to make sure that I and the rest of the planet get this “steady supply of oxygen.” LOL. Maybe a bit unfair to put it all on your shoulders, but think of it this way. I already put in a zillion hours to come up with “Not in a Million Years,” so now … it’s your turn. And $2.99 won’t break the bank anyway, right?

And while we’re at it, I’d also love some reviews … good or bad (preferably good). Without reviews it’s a tough hill to climb. This site isn’t officially “up” yet, but if you happen to read this you can send me a line and I might consider sending you a free copy. We got to help each other out right? You scratch my back, I scratch yours.

I read somewhere that the average author sells like 200 copies for each book he writes. Assuming I too fit into this category, (which I actually don’t), it’s like giving away half of my earnings! Not that that makes me such a great guy, no … far from it. I ought to have given all after all. LOL.

Indoor jungles.

The jungle gives us a stable climate and plants that produce medicine.

Trees produce oxygen.
Indoor rainforests may become the new reality. After all we depend on rainforests to give us, among others, clean air to breathe. This one is located in the Netherlands.

But yeah, as a kid I was already involved with Greenpeace, PETA, and Fur for Animals; paying my annual “$10” contribution to receive their newsletter and t-shirt. Maybe it had to do with my vegetarian background. Not sure. Funny enough, I didn’t turn out a leftie, but the love for trees and animals in and around the forest, ocean, you name it … is still there.

Having said all that, even if you’re not a “tree hugger,” the book might still — wink wink — make for a nice Christmas present.


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