Go HalfCut to save the Daintree
The great news is that together we can protect pristine rainforest by taking action. Join us in supporting HalfCut today.
Alongside our customers we’ve already helped HalfCut raise over $450,000 to protect almost 30 hectares of the Daintree rainforest – and we can protect even more this year.
HalfCut is a conservation initiative, started by Jimmy HalfCut (formerly James Stanton-Cooke) and Jessica Clarke, to highlight the devastating fact that over half of the world’s forests are now gone.
The growing social movement raises awareness – and funds – for forest conservation and regeneration, encouraging people of all ages to get involved through a fun peer-to-peer fundraising campaign: by committing to go HalfCut on August 31.
That could be shaving half your beard off, shaving (or braiding) half of your hair, even wearing half a face of makeup. It’s all about creating a visual disruptor that’ll make people stop and ask, “What’s this all about?”.
Home to endangered species like the Cassowary and Bennett’s Tree-Kangaroo, the Daintree is the most biodiverse region in Australia and is recognised globally for its breathtaking beauty and striking landscape. It is one of only two places on Earth where two World Heritage Areas meet – the Wet Tropics and the Great Barrier Reef.
Since the 1980’s there has been constant pressure applied to further develop the Daintree Lowland Rainforest by cutting down trees and building structures.
There are currently 200 undeveloped freehold properties in the Daintree lowlands that HalfCut and their strategic ‘Stronger Together’ partners Rainforest 4 and the Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation want to purchase and add to the Daintree National Park.
The Eastern Kuku Yalanji Bama people are the custodians of the Daintree rainforest and have lived along the coastlines, creeks, rivers, and rainforests of the Daintree lowlands for thousands of years, maintaining their language and culture and continuing to care for Country and manage Traditional lands.
The Eastern Kuku Yalanji Bama people established the Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation (also known as Jabalbina) and the Jabalbina Land Trust in 2007. Rainforest 4 Foundation & HalfCut transfers properties purchased under its Save The Daintree Program. Jabalbina works with the Queensland State Government to have the blocks added to the Daintree National Park estate, to be jointly managed as National Park within Cape York Peninsula Aboriginal Land (CYPAL).
Trees absorb carbon dioxide and harmful greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, making them the unsung heroes of the world’s climate crisis. It’s estimated that forests store around 450 billion tonnes of carbon (that’s about 50 years of emissions at the rate we’re going).
But when a tree is cut down, all of the carbon dioxide it was storing is released back into the atmosphere, negatively affecting the climate.Each year, huge swathes of forests globally are cleared to make way for crops, grazing livestock, mining and urbanisation.
State government data also show that Queensland landholders are clearing the equivalent of about 1,000 MCGs a day, including endangered ecological regions – with WWF Australia noting much of this for grazing cattle for beef.