- The rainforests are the “lungs of our planet”: the Amazon produces 20% of our oxygen
- Amazon watershed is home to the world’s highest level of biodiversity: 16% of the world’s rivers flow through the Amazon delta
- The Amazon is estimated to contain half of the world’s species. 25% of pharmaceuticals, including treatments for cancer, come from rainforest ingredients; scientists still have yet to investigate 99% of the disappearing tropical plants
- 80% of the global diet originated from the rainforest
- The indigenous tribes who have dwelled there for thousands of years retain a wealth of knowledge of agriculture, plant medicines, and healing modalities
- One to 2.5 acres of rainforest are lost every second
- 137 species are lost every single day to deforestation
- Over 57% of the world’s rainforests have been destroyed
- Scientists estimate at current deforestation rates 80-90% of rainforest ecosystems will be destroyed in 10 years (2020); the last rainforests will be gone in as soon as 40 years
- Deforestation is the second largest contributor to global warming
- Deforestation is the leading cause of CO2 emissions
- The collapse of the Amazon will lead to climate change so devastating that the human species will not have a chance of survival
SAVING OUR RAINFORESTS
- Conservation efforts ensure that the resource is protected from exploitation and effectively managed over time
- Sustainability education and fair trade certifications provides the indigenous with a mechanism to protect their land while sustaining their way of life
- Changing policies forces companies to consider the actual economic value of 1 Hectare of Peruvian Amazon:
- $148 for cattle pasture
- $1,000 for clear-cut commercial timber
- $6,820 for sustainable harvests (fruits, latex, timber)
- Priceless benefits of clean air, biodiversity, and medicinal cures
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