It has taken humans just over 60 years to destroy half of what the earth has spent over 100 million years building up. When the rainforest is destroyed, the consequences are severe and irreparable:
- Unique animals and plants disappear for ever
- People lose their homes and are forced into poverty
- The planet is becoming warmer and the weather more unstable
- Between 10% and 15% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions happen in relation to deforestation
It is not too late to make a change
The battle to save the rainforest is difficult but we can do it. Here are three examples of how the rainforest has been protected:
- Brazil has reduced the deforestation by 75% since 2005
- More and more palm oil companies are saying no to rainforest destruction after massive criticism
- A temporary halt in logging has been enforced in two large rainforest countries: the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Indonesia
Half has been destroyed
It used to cover 13% of our planet, but humans have destroyed over half of the rainforest since WWII. Every year another 4 600 000 hectares of rainforest disappear – an area larger than Denmark.
Life in the tropical rainforest
The rainforest is warm and wet. Down on the ground, it is dark and difficult to find nutrition. That is why all the rainforest’s occupants are reaching to the sky to get their share of the life-giving sun.
The animals and plants of the rainforest
The small, narrow green belt of tropical rainforest around the earth only covers about 6% of the earth’s surface. But despite its size, over half of the world's species live there.
The people of the rainforest
Many of the poorest people in the world depend on the tropical forest to survive. They get what they need from the forest, the ground and the water. To support them, we need to protect their forest and livelihoods.
It's good for our climate
The yearly greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation is equal to the emission from all the cars in the world. The earth’s forests are a gigantic carbon storage. That's why conserving the rainforest slows down the global climate changes.