When looking at the world today, it can be easy to become discouraged about the state of the climate and our forests. It is increasingly clear that as we lose the forest to deforestation and other business ventures around the world, we are also losing our means of capturing and holding on to carbon emissions. With this loss, the planet has started to become increasingly volatile when it comes to weather patterns, storms, and temperatures. Currently today, there are much more carbon emission than our ability to capture and keep that carbon out of the atmosphere, and that means that we are in dire need of more organizations that will provide a method for buying carbon credits. This is a successful model that has already proven to work, yet there is not enough of it around today. The eco-reserves that exist around the world to help sustain and protect endangered forests are not yet prolific enough to help support such a large scale movement of carbon cutting that is needed if we are to curb the new climate changes, keeping them within reasonable limits. In studying the current case studies of these eco-resorts, we are able to see that this method and form will work if it is taken up to scale for the population of the planet. We just need to get there. In discussing one particular case study, Rimba Raya, we can see a blueprint for how to go about creating more organizations like this one around the world for the purpose of offering carbon credits to the worst offenders of carbon emissions.
Rimba Raya is the largest eco-reserve in Indonesia, helping to preserve and protect a large swath of the rainforest there and providing a safe habitat for the local orangutan and the surrounding community. They are not only able to save the rainforest on that island from deforestation, they are also able to help the numbers of the endangered orangutan increase again, while helping to provide permanent income streams for the local population, while increasing their health through clean water access and efficient stoves. Because they have been so successful in these areas, they are heavily certified, proving that their carbon credits are working and creating a positive effect on the planet. It is through these certifications that they are able to offer to sell their carbon credits, providing an income stream that allows them to continue protecting more forests, and holding the deforestation at bay. The more they are able to sell, the more forest they are able to save, increasing their ability to catch even more carbon and then sell even more credits. This case study is a perfect example of the methods we can use to create such eco-reserves around the world, eventually stopping the deforestation of the planet completely and restoring order to the weather and seasons. Without this ability to create more carbon purchasing power, the forest will continue to disappear, and the carbon that is holds securely will disappear. This causes the temperatures to go up, and that will come with dire consequences.