Amazon Rainforest

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.

3 Challenges

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.

What did you Learn about the rainforest?

The Amazon Rainforest provides minerals and good services to the world.Without the Amazon Rainforest, people wouldn't be able to cure diseases, create yummy recipes, and explore all the creatures of the unknown. The only problem is not enough people understand the importance of the Amazon Rainforest. People are starting to tear down the Amazon Rainforest and are using methods of deforestation to get deep down in the Amazon Rainforest to get mineral. Deforestation can ruin the lives of innocent animals and I think industries can find a way to get minerals and save habitats. I learned how the Amazon Rainforest gives so many good things to our world and they help us throughout the day. Oxygen and water are daily needs of a human environment and these things mostly come from the Amazon Rainforest. I also learned how people aren’t using the Amazon Rainforest in a very good way. By clearing land and trees, the industry is making the Amazon Rainforest go extinct if they don’t figure out a solution to save this Rainforest.