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Take Action on World Rainforest Day

Today is World Rainforest Day! Here are 5 Threats to our Rainforests and 5 Reasons We Need to Take Action Now

The time is now to take action for the vital rainforests on our planet. Today, Rainforest Partnership is launching the inaugural World Rainforest Day as a collaborative effort to raise awareness and motivate the public to save one of the Earth’s most precious resources, the rainforests. EARTHx is honored to be part of the inaugural #WorldRainforestDay. Education and awareness create a catalyst for change and solutions. Learn about some of the deadly impactful threats to our rainforests and why it is imperative for you to get involved in saving them. 

imrs.phpAn area of the Amazon rainforest is burnt to the ground to clear land for agriculture in Brazil. (Nacho Doce/Reuters, Washington Post)

5 Threats to our Rainforests  

  • In the first half of this year, 27,814 fires were detected in the Amazon. Many initiated by people to clear land for cattle ranching.
  • The production of beef is the biggest cause of deforestation in the Amazon.
  • Even the smallest alteration in climate can greatly disrupt the biodiversity in rainforests. Already, many species have become endangered or gone extinct.
  • 15% of global carbon emissions come from the deforestation of the tropical rainforests annually.
  • Every two seconds a football field size of tropical rainforest is destroyed.

b76712fc-f6e4-45c1-8b7d-ebf058f36e5a_c0-21-1000-646_r800x500Green treetops in the Amazon rainforest. (Dreamstime, Kalypsoworldphotography, National Geographic)

5 Reasons to Take Action for our Rainforests 

  • A fifth of all freshwater is found in tropical rainforests.
  • One tree can store one ton of CO2 in 40 years.
  • The Amazon Basin is home to about 400 indigenous peoples, speaking over 300 different languages.
  • Tropical rainforests make up less than 3% of our planet’s surface area, but play a critical role in stabilizing our climate.
  • About half of the Earth’s plant and animal species call the rainforest home.

 

Take action today for #WorldRainforestDay: http://bit.ly/2tttg6c

Learn about the collaborative effort of World Rainforest Day: http://bit.ly/2sTMzIM

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