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Welcome to nature's medicine -- -- -- I'm Chris Killen.
The rain forests of the world used to occupy 14%.
Of all the land mass on earth today.
These forests make up less than 6%.
One of the groups fighting to protect these precious lands is the Rainforest Foundation.
British actress activist -- style there and her husband musician sting.
Started this foundation and recently held their annual benefit concert at Carnegie Hall.
-- thank you for joining me especially given the you must be a little tired after the concert.
A little tie head a little tired but very exhilarated it was so wonderful evening and lots of I kind contributions from the amazing talents on stage and president since then there America.
Grade grade in addition to the whole crowd I'm sure -- you started the Rainforest Foundation in 1989.
We've been going 24 yes okay what.
What made you decide.
To start this what was the impetus for doing so posting -- I have a life changing and experience playing being invited -- Amazon.
-- -- -- ago and just flying nose and a the canopy what you see isn't.
The sort of a juxtaposition.
Of paradise and how almost simultaneously 'cause we -- from Brasilia the capital of Brazil to five hours of their rickety little Cessna -- what you see is the subject extends.
Extensive amounts of and cathedral light Green canopy of stuff that rain forest intact and then.
That's -- and you came upon this a big forest fire so this was eighteen some -- -- -- -- -- has -- sort of stopped to -- to abandon the rain forests have begun to three.
Explosion that time.
And that's a very frightening statistic that you mentioned because then lost them.
In the last fourteen yes we've lost 20%.
Of -- -- -- pockets.
Sure sure now you could.
Because you are -- celebrity couple and you have a lot of influence you could be involved with.
Any particular activities I mean hunger in Africa child slavery and you know industry.
Then you've chosen to protect the rain forests.
Why this specifically what's that what's the driving.
Force for you personally to protect the forests.
But having seen it firsthand.
You know that you.
We got to meet many of the indigenous people -- just being so exploited.
And corrupted by.
Post world corporations who've just gone in that corporate -- does I like to Colin -- -- gone in usually without a lot of commission either.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- The release of the -- quite innocent in a way than officers used to -- ways often didn't have a concept of money or even.
The it -- even the language and so that allowance of being just sort of rent asunder and ripped apart by.
He's kind of -- -- them.
Organizations who just who just just want to do follow up to the Amazon -- -- -- is not.
Undeveloped real estate to -- a precious.
Resorts a precious assets.
And -- for all of us live I'm planning to us today and without -- -- you know -- I I say this -- my time to my team and I believe we didn't.
-- anybody who likes to -- should have an appreciation for the Amazon rainforest given that it generates 20% of the world's oxygen.
With pure benefit concert at Carnegie Hall which I think it's one of the -- most enviable of all the concerts against debt held.
You've been able to generate a lot of funds for the work of the Rainforest Foundation.
What have you been able to accomplish with those funds over time.
Indeed we know we've raised them thirteen million dollars so far I think -- -- three million dollars from the comes at the other night.
And -- on Monday just to protect.
Rain forests and so far we've protected around a 100000 square kilometers we have plans.
In the next three -- should we go along.
And on mission to fundraising -- -- to protect millions -- calamitous supply protecting and ratifying.
These rain -- we believe that they couldn't stay intact feels so -- it's great support to the indigenous communities by supporting then.
In that quest to protect that habitat so it's incidents that it's we believe it's a win win situation by.
Empowering them and supporting them that they have -- -- of natural.
Feel for their own -- that they want to go on presenting -- they want to be left alone they don't want their lands exploited to and so in doing that -- we we do not selves a sense.
It's -- you fight these different forces what are the some of the next efforts for the Rainforest Foundation.
Well the next the next efforts not to continue to.
Raise awareness and to raise funds for that projects that we have going in 23.
Countries now my project vote Ecuador is too.
-- -- seems safe water to 200000 people who needs in this.
Just devastated 17100 square mile radius while Chevron and a just -- Stein meeting this legal for them situation was saying we're not going to do it so we have.
Hands full with more projects -- we we can as a and then since doing a lifetime I'm done and I have the people will continue to give to us generously so that we can get around to.
Helping these people of these these all important ecosystems in the 23 countries real.
Right I'm sure he'll continue to rally support and and when I think of of everything that you have to manage it -- -- an ideal Segway.
In addition to all the rain forest work that you do you're also very active in the -- -- things you have to yoga videos with guy him.
How does how does yoga practice and proliferating yoga fit into you were busy lifestyle and keep you going.
Like that I've done yet practice -- powerful -- two years I couldn't really be without says it's.
It's my my time online -- each day is says time flow of meditation and reflection on.
The what that I have to do it and make it just keeps my body from month -- -- graphically as a kind of say you know thing I'd like to let goods.
And and you do and importantly thank you but to importantly feel good -- and myself.
Travel so much.
And him with his work -- me with getting to do all my projects.
We we need to stay in optimum house and and you're -- slander and -- -- absolutely -- absences said it's a body mind routine that I think that we -- us fast lane as.
We we need to to present.
You know -- sanity and say keep -- bodies fit that I would say this is up precious vehicle through the voting is the precious to include your -- given long it's not like to -- you can't switch it.
So we need -- For the best possible fuel and sent my sensor laden is still by eating well on me to lack of violence that they need to be held -- -- request.
Months -- getting a little -- and seeing seeing the great what -- -- new dvds -- -- and restored itself.
-- for all ages it's particularly beneficial I think the people who.
Who would but but what can -- -- -- with -- lines as well as that voting since got a good meditation section in that.
And it's it's it's a 55 minute great -- -- or or you couldn't do you troubled spots that -- amendment that.
You sold the was whichever fit -- -- really -- -- focus on so this was a lot that.
Well I admire what you're doing with the rain -- I appreciate what you're doing very much with the yoga and I want to thank you for being here with us today.
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