All the continents except Antarctica have rainforests. They cover around 6% of the total earth’s surface. Most people don’t really understand the true value of these rainforests especially anyone who doesn’t live near one. I have taken a special interest in understanding just how vital it is for the whole world to have rainforests around.
Interesting fact: did you know that rainforests are commonly referred to as the lungs of the earth! Trees and plants use the carbon dioxide we breathe out to grow and produce oxygen as a by-product. This is the same air that humans breathe in for survival. It is estimated that nearly 20% of the earth’s oxygen comes from the Amazon rainforest.
What if the world only had humans alone? I don’t think it would be interesting. Thanks to rainforests, about 50% of animals have found a home. Thousands of birds, mammals, reptiles, fish, and amphibian species live in these rainforests. As a result, we are able to sit down and enjoy animal documentaries recorded from their natural habitats. Also, some of these rainforests are home to some of the indigenous tribes like the shaman people. As long as the rainforest isn’t interfered with, they get to live their lives peacefully and retain their culture.
Deforestation efforts have led to hundreds of animals becoming nearly or totally extinct. Also, as more trees get cut down, a natural cure for numerous diseases goes down the drain. The rainforest serves as a source of medicine. It is estimated that about 25% of medicine from western countries is acquired from plants and herbs found in the rainforest. Destroying the origin of medicine prevents people from being treated and also prevents further discovery and research of potential cures for diseases and conditions.
In recent years, the climate has changed, and the changes would be drastic if it were not for rainforests. Scientists have discovered that carbon dioxide aids in climate changes and when rainforest absorb the CO2, we enjoy stable and friendly weather conditions. Also, they aid in the regulation of water cycles around the world. Trees are essential in the production of rain which is used by every single individual in the world. Without rain, we would experience drought and famine.
As clearly indicated, the rainforests are beneficial to both me and you and billions of other human beings. If it is destroyed, who will it affect? Is it not us, our children, and future generations to come? It is prudent to care for the rainforests however far you live from one. Let us all find a way to help in its preservation.