The Amazon Rainforest

What does its future look like?

The Facts of the Amazon

  • The Amazon is home to over 50% of the worlds plants and animals. This shows us that this rainforest is vital for the vast majority of the plant and animal life here on planet earth.
  • Over 400 known tribes in the Amazon.
  • Little light is able to shine through the dense leaves and plants of the rainforest.
  • Many plants within the rainforest have useful medicinal purposes that are derived and put to use.
  • Only 1% of the millions of plants in the rainforests have actually been tested for their medicinal purposes
  • Global warming and deforestation have taken a toll on this rainforest.

The indigenous people

These are the people who have had little or no contact with the outside world, and are currently being forced off of there land, huts, and homesteads. The Amazon is what these people call home and is there way of life.

Rubber Tappers

Rubber tapping is a job that is taking the rubber out of the trees. This task essentially is killing the trees and invading the homes and lives of the plants and animals surrounding those trees, or even living in the tree. Even though this job is illegal it has improved the economy of Brazil.

Loggers

Logging is an illegal job that has threatened the lives and living abilities of the indigenous people. It also has killed a considerable amount of trees in the forest and the space surrounding lose trees. Although the logging is done in remote areas, those areas are still apart of the Rainforest.

Cattle Ranchers

The cattle ranchers are using and tearing down parts of the forest in order to provide space and food for their cattle. In this case the cattle are producing a great amount of the green house gases in our earths atmosphere. The more greenhouse gases produced the more heat is being trapped on our earth.

Environmentalists

These are the people who are working with the indigenous people and essentially against the the Loggers, Cattle Ranchers, and Rubber Tappers. They are trying to preserve the rainforest, so it can flourish for the many years to come and be thresh hold for life for the coming genreations.

How can I help?

Not only do the people of the Amazon need help but the trees do too. Take into consideration the amount of paper you are using or waisting. Conserve the resources that you take for granted daily. Walk outside and take a breath of fresh air. You feel the crispness and cleanliness of it? That will not last us very long if we don't realize the damage the loggers, cattle ranchers, and rubber tappers are doing to the lungs of the world.

The experts speak up

  • Tropical Biologist Mark J. Plotkin says " I think the single most effective way to protect the type of rainforest that indigenous people inhabit is to involve them in the conservation process. They have a lot vested in the preservation of the rainforest ecosystem. That's where to get their water, their medicines, make their bows and arrows. Park guards are often not from that area, in fact they are from somewhere far away and sometimes they don't even live in the park."
  • Canopy expert Meg Lowman says "I think we need to dedicate ourselves to ecotourism. Although this results in more people trampling in beautiful places, it is a very forceful mechanism for conservation and also brings revenue to local people without selling their timber. We also need strong leadership to inspire people to immediately adhere to stricter conservation measures -- driving hybrid cars, flying less or more cautiously because of the carbon emissions, working hard to lower the ecological footprint (for Americans, that is), and reviving the science education in our country."