The benefits offered to us by the rainforest are well known to the world community and well documented by scientists. By reducing the destruction of the Amazon, our planet’s largest rainforest, we protect our most prolific source of oxygen and enable the natural sequestration of carbon dioxide. The unnatural release of carbon through burning and clear-cutting of massive areas of the rainforest has hastened us toward unprecedented global climate disruption. Saving the Amazon Rainforest buys us precious time to re-think, and re-engineer the reduction of pollution.
Protecting the rainforest guards the current and future source of medicines and cures. This “Pharmacy to the World” provides over 25% of all our medicines. Countless other plants, nuts, and fruits are healthy gifts of the rainforest.
The Amazon Rainforest is the traditional home of many indigenous tribes. When the forest is left in its natural state, it enables sustainable use of the land. An excellent example is the gathering of the popular Acai berry, found wild in the Brazilian rainforest.
The rainforest is home to thousands of species of animals, birds, and fish, some endangered, some yet undiscovered. Recently, in a single year, we have witnessed destruction of rainforest habitat equal to the size of the state of New Jersey. Shall we permit the elimination of the last “Garden of Eden”?
There is no question that protecting the Amazon rainforest is the world’s best green program.