Biodiversity: The Amazon Rainforest

What's a species or two to me?

Um, What's Biodiversity?

Biodiversity is the variety of life on Earth and the way life is interconnected. Biodiversity can be a variety within a species, a variety of species, or a variety of ecosystems. Biodiversity in itself is crazy important! It provides us with a lot of important stuff like oxygen, clothes, medicine, and clean water.

Okay, but what does that have to do with the Amazon Rainforest?

As I said earlier the Amazon Rainforest contains 50% of the Earth's species, and that's a lot! It's biodiversity provides us with a large amount of the things that biodiversity gives us (especially the medicines). But what you may not know is that this rainforest only takes up 6% of Earth's landmass, that's not a lot of landmass. It's small size means that if it was harmed it wouldn't take too long for all of it to be destroyed, which is what's happening.

Let's looks at some of the things happening to the Amazon.

Oh no! How can I help?

While you might not be able to go directly to the Amazon to help there are things you can do at home to help:

  • Inform others. Letting others in on the problem helps create awareness, the more the merrier!
  • Travel green. One of the many causes for deforestation is the extraction of fossil fuels, so using less is great! Try riding the bus, carpooling, or riding your bike.
  • Say "no thanks" to Brazilian beef! As I said earlier cattle ranching is a huge reason for deforestation, so if you can don't get the Brazilian beef.
These are small steps but they're a great start in your effort to help save the Amazon and it's biodiversity. The smallest thing has the ability to make a great impact, so try your best because you're helping save our world!


Created By: Katelynn Laws