As we enter 2017, many of us are busy writing New Year's resolutions. However, all too often ways to protect the earth fail to make the list. This year, we encourage you to educated your kids about the Amazon Rainforest, the people that live there, and ways to take care of the earth.
Make a commitment to the earth this year. Create a jar of rock reminders to place somewhere in your house that you and your kids will see every day. Each time you pass the jar, remember what you have learned about the Amazon and what you can do each day to take care of the planet and people that inhabit it.
Here are a few facts about the Amazon Rainforest to share with your family:
The Amazon Rainforest is the ancestral home to one million Indigenous people
The Amazon Rainforest is the largest tropical ecosystem on the planet and holds 30% of the world’s flora and fauna
Nearly 80% of the food we eat originated in the Amazon, including chocolate, bananas, coffee, tomatoes, black pepper, and corn!
Over 1/4 of the medicine we use today were originally found in the Amazon!
More than 20% of the world's oxygen comes from the Amazon. Every breath we take is a reminder of how much we need the Amazon Rainforest.
Create rock reminders to take care of the earth with your children today!
- Sharpies/ writing tool
- Any other decorative material you might want
3. Collect & Decorate
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(2) Team, OTG. "Top 10 Facts about the Amazon Rainforest." The Inside Track. N.p., 06 Aug. 2016. Web. 31 Dec. 2016.
(3) "Rainforest Facts." Rainforest Facts. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Dec. 2016.