As the United States and Germany meet today in the World Cup, the Rainforest Alliance competition is focusing on forests and teacups.
The United States will sweat it out against Portugal today in Manaus, a city deep in the heart of the Amazon. The intense tropical heat is just one of many obstacles the US team will face as they attempt to defeat Portugal. In the Rainforest Alliance World Cup, both countries have unique assets to bring to the sustainability competition.
Fifty years ago an amateur team from Australia made its World Cup debut against Chile, one of the oldest national teams in the South American federation. That first meeting ended in a nil-all draw. In 2014 they face off again in Brazil. And our little green frog thinks the two countries remain well matched—not just in football.
The Madre de Dios region of southeastern Peru, located in the Amazon basin, is known for its incredible wealth of biodiversity. The Rainforest Alliance is working with indigenous communities in the region who are eager to achieve economic growth in a way that protects their ancestral lands from deforestation and other unsustainable practices.