Here is something permanent: adopt a square meter of rainforest for five dollars. Or more! Look it up on google maps and show your kids, friends, coworkers, and employer- who may make a matching gift. It will make a permanent difference to the ecology of the earth and the five dollars will come back to you in so many good ways. Along with adoption, you merely pledge to protect this parcel of land by acting with care regarding the things you do every day. You can make up your own pledge or follow something like this:
I will buy organic foods grown using sustainable farming.
I will carpool to work with friends 2 days per week
I will recycle my newspapers
I will use reusable grocery bags instead of paper and plastic
I will recycle plastic
I will buy locally grown vegetables to reduce my carbon footprint
So please, go to the Cuipo.org site, read about it, look at the stunning videos, and maybe next time you see one of those highway signs, you will remember you did something pretty cool. By the way, a Cuipo is a tree, Cavanillesia platanifolia, that is extremely large and grows in such places as Panama, and depicted in this photograph and this beautiful painting by Ricardo Sanchez Beitia. See his other work at http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/ricardo-sanchez-beitia.html