CONSERVATION THROUGH EDUCATION
Eazyfone, UK leaders in mobile phone recycling have joined with Rainforest Concern
(www.rainforestconcern.org ) one of the country’s leading rainforest protection
organisations, to launch an innovative and educational new programme for students
designed to raise awareness about the worlds rainforests and the dangers they face.
Rainforests are disappearing at rates unseen in the past. Slash and burn farming,
global warming, and oil and gas exploration threaten the rainforests, and the amazing
variety of plants and animals that live within them, many of which are found nowhere
else in the world.
The new programme launching in January offers teachers an opportunity to download
four modules that help students understand more about rainforests, and understand the
need to protect them. One of the exercises within the modules encourages students in
the class to collect unwanted mobile phones from friends and family, and send them
to Eazyfone’s schools programme Fones4Schools (www.fones4schools.co.uk ).
Fones4schools will make sure that the phones are reused or recycled, and the money
raised is used to help Rainforest Concern preserve rainforest. With a conservative
estimate of 15 million phones replaced each year in the UK there’s no shortage of
phones lying around in the UK for students to try and gather for the programme.
As phones are collected and acres adopted through the program, schools will be able
to contribute towards building a Fones4Schools Virtual Jungle. Suzy Kelsall who
manages Fones4Schools said:
“Each half acre sponsored will populate the Virtual Jungle with a virtual tree, and
show students across the UK what difference they’re making. Individual classes will
have their name assigned to their tree and can search for it within the jungle. It’s a
great way to get kids involved in conservation”
Not only does the programme help protect rainforests, but recycling the mobile
phones ensures that the phones are managed properly preventing pollution and
conserving natural resources. So with an estimated 4 million phones going to be sold
in the run up to Christmas in 2007, Rainforest Concern are hoping 2008 will see a lot
of phones recycled, and rainforest saved.
NOTES TO EDITORS
Oftel the UK telecommunications regulator estimated in 2003 that 75% of
adults owned a mobile phone in the UK, and that 83% of homes in the UK had
Oftel have also found that the greatest increase in mobile phone penetration is
Fones4Schools ( www.fones4schools.co.uk ) has recycled roughly 60 tonnes
of mobiles since it’s launch in 2004
Rainforest Concern ( www.rainforestconcern.org ) was established as a
registered charity in 1993 to protect the world's tropical rainforests and the
incredible biodiversity they contain, together with the indigenous people who
still depend on them for their survival. Rainforest Concern purchase, lease and
manage, for protection, threatened native jungle with exceptional biodiversity.
If land is purchased this is usually done in the name of partner organisations or
local communities in the countries concerned. Much of their work concerns
the creation of protected corridors of forest between existing reserves to avoid
isolating fragments of forest leading to a diminishing gene pool and the greater
risk of forest fire.