VOICES FOR THE AMAZON

FACTS ABOUT THE AMAZON RAINFOREST

  • The Amazon produces more than 20% of the Earth’s oxygen.
  • The Amazon holds the highest numbers of species in the world.
  • Rivers of the Amazon carry approximately 20% of the world’s freshwater to the Sea.
  • The Amazon stores around 120 billion tons of carbon.
  • The Amazon moderates local and global weather patterns releasing approximately 20 billion ton of moisture into the atmosphere daily.
  • The Amazon is home to thousands of indigenous peoples.
  • One quarter of all medicinal plants, many from the Amazon, are derived from tropical forests, with as many as 4 billion people served.

The Amazon produces more than 20% of the Earth’s oxygen.

THE IMPORTANCE OF TREES IN THE AMAZON

There are more trees in the Amazon than stars in the Milky Way.

Trees in the Amazon are integral to the health of our planet. They provide life-food, nourishment, and shelter-to many of the earth’s creatures, including humans who eat their fruits and use the tree’s wood to build homes. Amazonia forests attract a diversity of species, bring more moisture and rainfall to the area, and in many cases have an interconnected life underground through their root system. Without trees, soils erode, areas dry out, become more susceptible to fires, and can eventually turn into desert.

There are more trees in the Amazon than stars in the Milky Way.

No other type of ecosystem provides more benefits for biodiversity, food, weather patterns, fresh water, and human health than tropical rainforests. Research has shown that in 50 years, one tree can recycle approximately $37,500 worth of water, create $62,000 worth of air pollution control, mitigate $31,250 worth of soil erosion and produce $31,250 worth of oxygen. Trees are one of the world’s most valuable assets.

Through the process of photosynthesis, trees take in carbon dioxide and produce the oxygen we breathe. Trees shade us from the heat, protect us from the rain and wind, conserve water, preserve soil, clean the air of pollutants. Each tree is its own majestic ecosystem that is filled with activity and energy -pollinators and seed dispersers, predators and the preyed upon-biodiversity-a giant intertwined web- that brings more trees to the area to slowly become lush, moist, resilient, forests teeming with abundance. Trees in the forest rely on each and have evolved to live in cooperative, interdependent, relationships that protect each other from heat, winds, storms, and predators.

Forests in the Amazon took thousands of years to evolve. It can take only a short period of time, sometimes days and weeks, to cut them down.

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