The Amazon Rain Forest

Grant Witten

See it while you still can!

Go to the Amazon and find countless different types of wildlife!

Animals, plants, loggers!

They've only lost 20% of their rainforest in the last 40 years! Hurry there to catch them before they're all gone! This is all okay though, because in the 450 years before that, they didn’t lose even near as much as 20% (Wallace).

Logging

This rainforest is one of the largest suppliers of trees for logging companies. They allow some of this, if it is regulated. The problem, however, is that a large majority of the logging done there in our forest is unregulated. Loggers take wood from protected areas, and harvest more than is permitted (Cesareo).

He that plants trees, loves others besides himself. -Thomas Fuller

For now they are the largest rainforest in the world.

What could cause this to change? They contain about 1.4 billion acres of lush green forests. At least, they used to! Each minute, they lose approximately 36 football fields worth of forests. This means that each year, about 46-58 thousand square miles of the amazon forest are lost to logging, mining, agriculture, and urbanization (Cesareo).

Lungs of the Planet

The rainforest has been coined the “Lungs of the Planet” due to the impressive amount of oxygen that it produces for the whole world. More than 20% if the world’s oxygen is produced there. Of course, all of this deforestation could ruin that, but who needs to breathe anyway (Taylor)?

What does the future have in store for this beloved forest?

Scientists estimate that even though the last 40 years saw the destruction of 20% of the rainforest, the next 20% will only take 20 years to cease to be in existence. The forest will fall to shambles, and could end up as a devastation for the entire world (Wallace).

There are a few good people who have the forest's back.

One of the biggest supporters and helpers in the struggle against deforestation is the World Wildlife Fund. Here are a few things that they are doing to help.

  • Creating protected areas to help preserve plants and animals and their ecosystems that are being destroyed.

  • Working to stop illegal logging. They are helping to promote stronger policies, and the buying of certified wood products (Cesareo).