The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now. ~Chinese Proverb
In Brazil, 1.5 acres of rainforest are lost every second.
Join me in supporting the Plant 25,000 Tree Campaign. It’s easy! To plant a tree, simply sign up to be a member of My Green Face, an online environmental community that engages its members to learn, share, discuss—and take action. There’s no cost to you!
My Green Face will plant a tree in your behalf. It’s all FREE, and you will be helping us preserve an environmentally important part of the Atlantic rainforest in Brazil that some scientists call the “lungs of the earth.”
Your tree can remove 50 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each year.
Why Rainforests Are Important.
Rainforests are disappearing around the world, especially in Brazil where 1.5 acres of rainforest are lost every second. The Atlantic Forest along the southern coast has been devastated through logging, oil drilling, and deforestation so that only 6% of the original rainforest remains.
With your help, the Plant 25,000 Trees campaign can immediately begin to rebuild areas of the Atlantic Forest that have been destroyed. On the ground, the tree planting is coordinated by Trees for the Future, which since 1989 has been helping communities around the world plant trees. Through seed distribution, agroforestry training, and hands-on programs, Trees for the Future has empowered rural groups to restore tree cover to their lands, and help preserve traditional livelihoods and cultures. Learn more about Trees for the Future at www.plant-trees.org/
Thriving rainforests can contribute more economic value when left intact that when cut down for timber or grazing land for cattle. Besides providing many medicinal plants now used in prescription drugs, rainforests also provide nuts, fruit, and oils. On the other hand, deforestation eliminates 50,000 plant, animal, and insect species each year!
Show your love for Mother Earth and help plant 25,000 trees! One tree at a time.
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* originally posted on the I Count for myEARTH blog.
Quick rainforest facts.
- A typical four-mile square mile patch of rainforest contains as many as 1,500 species of flowering plants, 750 species of trees, 125 mammal species, 400 species of birds, 100 species of reptiles, 60 species of amphibians, and 150 different species of butterflies.
- There are more fish species in the Amazon river system than in the entire Atlantic Ocean.
- A single rainforest reserve in Peru is home to more species of birds than the entire United States.
- At least 1/3 of the planet’s bird species live in the Amazon rainforest.
- The Andean mountain range and the Amazon jungle are home to more than half of the world’s species of flora and fauna.
- At least 1,650 rainforest plants can be utilized as alternatives to our present fruit and vegetable staples.
- 37% of all medicines prescribed in the US have active ingredients derived from rainforest plants.
- 70% of the plant species identified by the US National Cancer Institute as holding anti-cancer properties come from rainforests.
- 90% of the rainforest plants used by Amazonian Indians as medicines have not been examined by modern science.
- Of the few rainforest plant species that have been studied by modern medicine, treatments have been found for childhood leukemia, breast cancer, high blood pressure, asthma, and scores of other illnesses.
- A hectare (2.471 acres) of rainforest absorbs one ton of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year.
- …conversely, “the clearing and burning of the world’s rainforest accounts for 20-25% of the CO2 emitted into the atmosphere by man. It therefore could play a significant role in any so called “greenhouse effect” underway in our atmosphere.
- almost half of the world’s original four billion acres of rainforest are now gone. The lost area equals the combined size of Washington, Idaho, California, Nevada and Arizona
- In 1500, there were an estimated six to nine million indigenous people inhabiting the tropical rainforests of Brazil. By 1900, that number had dropped to a million. Today, there are less than 250,000 indigenous people left in Brazil.
- Man has recently increased nature’s “normal” extinction rate by 10,000%. Most of this increase is taking place in the rainforest.
- By conservative estimates, 9,000 species are going extinct each year, most of them from the rainforests.
- We are presently experiencing the largest mass extinction since the demise of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago; only this time it’s occurring at a much faster rate.
Lynn (the founder of this blog) lives in Chicagoland with her son, husband and two cats. She loves sunrises, running, yoga, chocolate, NYR, reading and writing, Her very survival depends on comedy. In her spare time, she avoids household duties (especially folding laundry) and tries to write. Some call her a treehugger, others say she's a social media addict. You'll most likely find her on twitter (@LynnHasselbrgr, @myEARTH360 and @IC4ME) and facebook. She hopes to make the world a better place, have more fun, re-develop her math skills and overcome her fear of public speaking.
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