Not only is the Mongol Rally an industrial dose of adventure, it’s also about Saving the World. We ask every team to raise a minimum of £1000 for charity, at least £500 of which goes to our official charity Cool Earth.
To date The Adventurists have raised a whopping £5.5 million for charity and, along with the teams on our other adventures, you'll be saving the world one rainforest at a time. Not because we’re tree hugging sandal weavers, but because the world would be shit without them.
Where would we get lost if we didn't have jungles?
Once you’ve signed up to the Mongol Rally we will give you more information about Cool Earth, as well as a stash of tips on how to extract donations from friends, family and strangers.
The Plan - how to actually save the world
We’ve been banging on about saving the world for ages and we’ve raised stupendous amounts of money for a load of amazing charities (5.5 million GBP and counting). So we sat down at HQ and pondered on what we could do that will actually save the world and continue the fight to make it less boring.
Then it hit us like a well polished brogue to the nuts: “we must save every rainforest in the world so future generations have somewhere to get stuck”. Not because we’re tree hugging sandal weavers, but because the world would be shit without them. It’s not just about the carbon, the point is rainforests are indescribably excellent.
Who are they?
Cool Earth is an environmental charity that works in partnership with indigenous communities.
The charity only protects rainforest that without intervention will be destroyed within the next 18 months.
Cool Earth works strategically, protecting forest that acts as a barrier to a wider landscape.
The charity spends just 10% of your donation on admin and governance making sure as much as possible goes to project areas.
Through working with local people Cool Earth makes sure conservation goes hand in hand with better livelihoods.
What has the rainforest got to do with Mongolia?
We lose 32 million acres of rainforest every year. In other words, we lose so much rainforest that it emits the same amount of CO2 as the entire global transport system. The impact of climate change is enormous, with the world’s poorest effected most severely.
Nandag, was a Mongolian Herdsman, “I miss my old life. But life out there is too difficult.” So difficult that he is one of hundreds of thousands of Mongolian herdsmen who have been forced to abandon their livelihoods and now live in poverty.
But with you in the driving seat Cool Earth can put the brakes on rainforest destruction. Have a gander at the Adventurists section of their website to get inspired and get started.
What's in one acre of rainforest?
The same amount of CO2 as driving around the world 32 times.
The same amount of water as 950 baths.
11,000 species of insect and worm.
6 endangered animals.
Possibly a family living in a settlement and working with Cool Earth to keep this acre standing.
How do I collect funds?
The best way to collect funds is through a fundraising platform. You can use one of the big ones like Virgin Money Giving, or better still set up a fundraising page using Cool Earth's own dedicated platform.
How's that for a plan?
- Team Ulaan Gators managed to turbocharge their fundraising with a little help from Ford.
- Team Hippo got greased up and stuck their hands in each others pants to show fundraising can occasionally be adult rated.