The Amazon Rainforest

This week, I’d like to talk about a topic that is probably one of the first to come to people’s minds when they thinking of the exploitation of our world’s most needed resources: The Deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest.

Deforestation

Over the past four decades, nearly 20% of the largest rainforest on Earth has been destroyed for its lucrative timber and land. Additionally, scientists now fear that another 20% is expected to be depleted in the coming three decades. If this happens, the already crippling ecology and ecosystem of the forest will completely implode.

Even now, the rainforest has begun to lose its ability to produce its own rainfall, thus desiccating the trees and depriving its inhabitants and biome of an essential element of rainforests. The humidity levels have begun decreasing and as the rain levels continue to plummet, the danger of natural wildfires has increased to become a very possible reality.

Additionally, as trees are shameless burned to create more land, the Brazilian regions of Mato Grosso, Acre, and Rondonia have become one of the largest producers of greenhouse gases in the world. Isn’t it ironic how the very land that was once the major source (it still is, but to a much lesser degree) of vital gases is now among the largest producers of harmful ones?

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Now, some people argue that although this destruction is terrible, those who are responsible for the destruction of the rainforest are not to be directly blamed. It may be thought that the people cutting down our Earth have “no choice”, and that “their livelihoods depend on it”. While this may be true to a certain extent, the sheer voracity and inhumanity with which the land is depleted is beyond any means of justifying what they are doing. Heck, even the techniques with which the trees are cut are not even efficient. Additionally, the communities native to the Amazon region such as the Yanomamo and Kayapo people have in fact lived in peace with the absolutely beautiful Amazonian surroundings for hundreds of years. They are currently the ones who are, as a matter of fact, trying to preserve their vanishing world.

Those who are really destroying the environment of the Amazon are those who are not native to the place, feel nothing for it, and see it only as a goldmine for land and natural resources.

Additionally, many people fail to realize that by this destruction, we are not only hurting ourselves, but also the peaceful inhabitants of the rainforest itself. We as predators of the land are solely responsible for the murder, displacement, and extinction of numerous species that have called the Amazon their home for thousands of years.

According to the deforestation rate of the forest, about 80%-90% of the expected extinctions of the Amazon’s biodiversity have yet to happen. This is grave news when taking into account the number of harm we have caused to indigenous species like the Golden Lion Tamarin Monkey, Poison Dart Frog, Harpy Eagle, and Jaguar, not to mention thousands of species of flora.

The Golden Lion Tamarin Monkey

The Golden Lion Tamarin Monkey

 

Poison Dart Frog

Poison Dart Frog

 

The Harpy Eagle

The Harpy Eagle

 

The Jaguar

The Jaguar

One thought on “The Amazon Rainforest

  1. ksg5199

    I agree that deforestation of the Amazon presents many problems for the environment. Between the loss of a natural habitat, greenhouse gas emissions, the extinction of various species, and the destruction of people’s homes, mindlessly cutting down the Amazon is not a good idea. However, the developing world relies on resources from the rainforest. We no longer live in a world we can rope off parts of land and leave it untouched. The challenge that we face as a society is figuring out how to find a sustainable equilibrium between nature and civilization. We can’t afford to not cut down trees, but we also can’t afford to destroy ecosystems. As a developing civilization, we need to become more cautious of our effect on the environment, and we need to become more efficient with our use of natural resources. What’s the point of building a great society if we are unable to enjoy it due to our disregard for the Earth?

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