Rain Forests

Block 7


Rainforests are very dense, warm, and wet forests. They are a home for millions of plants and animals. But these rainforests are being destroyed at a high rate. These rainforests hold the cure for incurable diseases. The world would suffer from the loss of these rainforests if they become extinct. There will be no second chance to find these cure if rainforests become extinct. But, people are starting to care about saving our rainforests. Slowly we are forming groups to preserve the extinction of rainforests. These exotic animals and plants that hold the cure too many diseases might also go extinct with the rainforests since it is there home. The world just wouldn’t be the same without rainforests.

Tropical rainforests are being cut at an alarming rate. Although estimates vary, some scientists believe that we are losing an area of rainforest the size of Pennsylvania each year. In these very rainforests people cut down hold the cure for many diseases that we think are incurable and many people die and suffer from these diseases. By deforestation we will loose our chance of finding these cures. Also if we cut down rainforests we will loose what we take for granted most of the time and we have used ever since we were born and that is oxygen.

“50% of earth’s oxygen comes from the rainforest.” (Page 1)

So as these big lumber business cut down rainforests we are loosing our chances to find cures for many diseases that we have not found the cure for and we are loosing even more important our air. I think that they should make deforestation illegal and have more rainforests completely checked for any cures for diseases. If we can only save these rainforests our friends, family, and animals would be able to live longer.

As you may know already the rainforest is a potential goldmine for cures to many diseases that for now are incurable. But we haven’t even begun to try to check for these cures.

“The abundant botanical recourses of tropical rainforests have already provided tangible medical advances; yet only one percent of the knows plant and animal species have been thoroughly examined for their medicinal potential. Meanwhile two percent of the planet’s rainforest are irreparably damaged each year. Scientists estimate that at this destroying rate, as much as twenty or twenty five percent of the plant and animal species in these rainforests will be extinct by the year 2000.” (Page 1)

Without the rainforest, we would suffer a loss of family, friends, or any other loved ones knowing that there probably is a cure for what they died for in these rainforests. Most of our cures for any illness came from a plant from the rainforest.

“Fifty percent of all pharmaceuticals originated as plants, twenty five percent of medicines still use plant extracts, yet less than one percent of the plants in the rainforests are checked for any cures.” (Page 3)

I think that it is essential that we check the other ninety nine percent of the plants for any cures so protect our own human race from becoming extinct as well.

People are actually starting to come together and care about saving our rainforests. Slowly we are forming groups to preserve the extinction of rainforests. One way that people are preserving rainforests all over the world is through personal purchase of parts of the rainforests.

“Purchases acreage from the individual land owners in the Amazon rainforest. The land is placed in a perpetual trust: Never to be sold or destroyed.” (Page 4)

Much of the plant and animals of our world comes from a rain forest. Millions of different kinds of plants and animals roam the present day rainforests.

“Fifty to ninety percent of all life forms on earth originated and or exist in the rainforest.” (Page 17)

This would mean that if they destroy all of the rainforests they will make millions or plants and animals go extinct as well. Not to mention that it would completely throw the food chain off track and would make even more species go extinct and might even lead up to the human race to become extinct.

The species extinction is a natural part of evolution; why, then, should accelerated extinction rates concern us? Besides the consideration of the