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Rainforest Rendezvous

Saving the Rainforest

Why Should We Save the Rainforest?

Rainforests cover a mere 7% of the earth. Seven percent! However, they are very important in the Earth's ecosystem. There are many plants in the rainforest and they, like other trees, are responsible for removing carbon dioxide from the air and releasing oxygen. With some of the rainforest being destroyed, there are less trees to do this job. Many people expect that this will create a change in weather known as the greenhouse effect. The greenhouse effect is where the extra carbon dioxide makes more heat get trapped in the atmosphere causing the temperature on the earth to slowly rise. If the temperature raises too much (which takes many years), it can make it difficult for certain plants and animals to survive and can even causing major changes in the climate of earth (which can be very dangerous). In addition to the greenhouse effect, destruction of the rainforest has many other negative effects including destroying the land and extinction of plants, animals and tribes. You can learn more about the destruction on the destruction page.

What Can We Do to Help?

There are many things you can do to save the rainforest, as students and with the help of families, friends and teachers. First, as students you can learn more about the rainforest to know what it is really like there and what problems need to be fixed. Next, you can choose to do projects on the rainforests to make those in your schools and community more aware about of the rainforest and the problems it faces. Also, you can work with parents and teachers to possibly "adopt" land in the rainforest to assure that it is preserved for the future. In addition, there are many other things you can speak to parents and teachers about that they may be interested in doing and letting you help with. They are: boycotting (not using) things that use products that come from the rainforest (fast-food restaurants that use meat from cattle raised in the rainforest or car companies that buy their oil from countries that have a pipeline through the rainforest); not buying furniture that is made from rosewood, mahogany, ebony and teakwood ( usually from the rainforest); writing a congressman to make opinions known and encourage trade sanctions against countries that destroy their rainforests.

There are many little things you can do to save the rainforest. Above are only a few ideas. Students everyday are making a difference. There are magazines, books and even organizations that give students ideas on how to save the rainforest. It is a very important cause that can use the help of everyone!


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