Andrew Heath is the media officer for Practical Action. Practical Action was formed in 1965 by the economist E.F. Schumacher and currently has offices in Bangladesh, Kenya, Nepal, Peru, Sudan, and Zimbabwe. It directly helps about one million people escape poverty each year by working with communities to provide simple, sustainable solutions via locally available technologies.

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Around 150,000 square kilometers of tropical rainforest—equivalent to the combined size of England and Wales—is destroyed each year. The consequences are devastating, from the loss of critical biodiversity and environmental services, to the emission of greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. An August 2012 report jointly …

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