Why is the Amazon Rainforest so important?
Covering over 5.5 million square km and spanning 9 countries in total the Amazon Rainforest is the world's largest tropical rainforest. It is by far one of the most incredible and important places on earth. The Amazon Rainforest produces up to 20% of the oxygen in Earth's atmosphere, cycles water that regulates our weather, is home to at least 10% of the world's known biodiversity and hosts a wealth of undiscovered species with potential for new medicines.
The Lungs of the Planet
The Amazon helps keep the atmosphere's carbon-dioxide levels in check. Over the last 150 years, humans have been pumping massive amounts of CO2 into the air by burning fossil fuels, coal, oil and natural gas - this is a major driver for global climate change. Plants and trees take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen back into the air through the process of photosynthesis. This is why the Amazon is often referred to as the "lungs of the planet". Researchers have calculated that the Amazon holds up to 140 billion tons of carbon dioxide — the equivalent of 14 decades' worth of human emissions.
The Amazon is home to at least 10% of the world's known biodiversity — and that's just the life that we know about. A new species is discovered in the Amazon every two or three days. Every species in this incredibly biodiverse system represents solutions to a set of biological challenges — any one of which has transformative potential and could generate global human benefits.
Hundreds of prescription drugs have come from things from the amazon. People have used Amazonian plants to produce anti-cancer drugs and the first anti-malarial drug, quinine. Yet scientists estimate that they've studied less than five percent of the plants in the rainforest for potential medicinal benefits.
What could happen if we loose the Amazon?
If we allow the amazon to die, we would be destroying an entire eco system and would loose all that biodiversity at the same time. That would have HUGE effects on earth. The most critical problem we would face if the Amazon completely disappeared, would be a faster pace of climate change. If the Amazon Rainforest continue to wither and die, it will stop being a source of oxygen. Instead it will begin to give off carbon which is fueling climate change. Now it stores anywhere from 90 to 140 billion tons of carbon. If we woke up tomorrow and found the Amazon destroyed, especially by fire, all that carbon would be floating in the atmosphere. Some experts believe that if this happens, we would lose the battle of climate change.
Let's take action!
The Amazon Rainforest is so vital for our planet, for our lives and the generations to come. If we don't all do something now this world will not be the same for our children and grand kids. And the animals who currently live here will be gone forever. So if we wanna keep the rainforest alive, we must take action now. Every bracelet purchased plants one NEW tree in the Amazon Rainforest, supports the reforestation and protects the animal and plant species!
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