Seven Reasons Why We Have To Protect The Rainforest



1. According to WRI research, 30% of global forest cover has been cleared, while another 20%  has been degraded. Most of the rest has been fragmented, leaving only about 15%  intact. Our world is facing the greatest extinction crisis since the fall of the dinosaurs some 65 million years. 

2.  Rainforests are often referred to as the “lungs" of the planet. The millions of trees in Earth's rainforests absorb humongous amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and produce much of the oxygen humans and animals depend upon for survival.

3.forests are our best defence against climate change. They help to stabilise Earth's climate. Scientists believe carbon dioxide is a significant contributor to climate change. By absorbing carbon dioxide, rainforests help to reduce the effects of worldwide climate change.

4. When rainforest trees are burnt they release carbon dioxide, which pollutes the atmosphere and contributes to global warming. Deforestation is  considered the second primary driver of climate change

5. Rainforests are the oldest major ecosystem, having survived climate changes for more than one million years. They provide habitats for more species of plants, animals, insects and birds than any other environment found on our planet. Many of the species found in rainforests are endangered and can only survive in rainforests.because of tropical deforestation, at least one species are disappearing every day. This rate of extinction is now 400 times faster than at any other period in the history of the planet.

6. The soil in the rainforest lacks in nutrients because the nutrients are stored in the vast numbers of trees and plants rather than in the soil. Tree roots bind the soil together, while the canopy protects the soil from heavy rains. When a tree dies, and its trunk falls to the forest floor, it decays, and the nutrients it contains are recycled. However, if trees are removed from the forest, the nutrients are removed with it, along with the protection provided by the tree roots and the forest canopy. The unprotected soil is then simply washed away in heavy rains, causing blockages and floods in lowland rivers, while leaving upland rivers dry

7. Rainforests provide recreation like hiking and camping.

Support organizations protecting the rainforest such as  Rainforest Alliance

Karoline HoodComment