Chiapas: Coffee, Climate and Conservation in Mexico
September 30, 2011
Can you change the world on your coffee break? More than you might imagine. Consider this: After petroleum, coffee is the world's most heavily traded commodity. And together, the simple decisions we make each day — like ordering a cup of coffee — can add up to make an enormous difference. Your choice of coffee can help to change the face of communities, of conservation — even the fight against global climate change.
Conservation International started working with Starbucks in Chiapas in 1998. The mission? Improving farmers' livelihoods — while conserving one of Mexico's prime forests.
So far, over a million coffee farmers on four continents have benefitted from the program. And now, these efforts could affect billions of people around the world: What started with coffee has grown into tackling carbon and climate change, throughout Mexico and beyond.
Find out what CI and partners, from local farmers to Arnold Schwarzenegger, are brewing in Chiapas — and how you can play a part.
The story begins with the local farmers:Made In The Shade »