By: Sarah Griffin
3 important Facts
17 % of the Amazon forest has been lost in the last 50 years.
10% of the world’s known species live in the Amazon rainforest.
The Amazon Rainforest produces about 20% of the earth’s oxygen.
Deforestation reduces the critical water cycling services provided by trees.
The cattle industry uses slash-and-burn techniques to clear ranch land.
Mining operations clear forest to build roads and dig mines.
Greenpeace is campaigning for an end to deforestation in the Amazon by 2015 and globally by 2020.
Importance of the Amazon Rainforest globally
I think the Amazon Rainforest is very important to industries around the world, because by getting minerals from the rainforest they get more money. Also it provides food, water and oxygen. But, Industries around the globe don’t understand how to save the Amazon rainforest. People of South america most likely find the Amazon rainforest helpful because it provides shelter, food, water and good supply of oxygen. I think South America doesn't understand how to save the Amazon rainforest either.