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Rainforest Destruction and Its Effect on the World

By

Jeremy Zahn

Composition 1101-96
05/13/2008
Table of contents
Introduction……………………………………………………………...…..2

Thesis: The demands of civilization have increased the need for more consumable commodities, even at the cost of destroying the very lungs of our planet. At the same time that our civilization prospers from these products, the local peoples of the rainforest suffer greatly. There is an even greater effect on the world as species loss is rapidly increasing, greenhouse gas levels are climbing, and wood supplies are being depleted. The world collectively must curb the deforestation that increases at an alarming rate…...............................................................................................................2

I. There are increasing amounts of consumables commodities that are required by civilization to enjoy the comforts it wants……………….……..2

II. The lungs of our planet that eliminate the dangerous carbon dioxides we exhale are being eliminated. One of the more disturbing facts is that we eliminate species we do not even know about………………………………………………………………………....3

III. The world collectively must work together and find ways to replenish the rainforest or look for methods to use only renewable and sustainable resources that the rainforest supplies……………………….7

Conclusion………………………………………………………………...…9

Works Cited………………………………………………………………...10

The headlines are seen on the TV, they are heard on the radio, and they are read in the newspapers; “The rainforest is being burned down and it’s a big problem!” The common person shakes his head, says “That’s too bad”, and continues on with the day. The reality is that there is a growing problem and it will only become worse if people are not brought to an acute sense of awareness of what the consequences could be if rainforest deforestation is not stopped. The cause of this issue is due to the demands of civilization that have increased the need for consumable commodities, even at the cost of destroying the very lungs of our planet. At the same time that our civilization prospers from these products, the local peoples of the tropical rainforest suffer greatly. There are even greater effects on the world as all species loss is rapidly increasing, dangerous greenhouse gas levels are climbing, and precious wood supplies are being depleted. The world collectively must curb the deforestation that increases at an alarming rate.

There are enormous amounts of data available that tell all about the rainforest and the true importance to the world that it means. Here are some about what the rainforest means to us as a human population. According to WRM.org, “There is an overwhelming amount of food staples, clothing, fuel, spices, industrial raw materials, and medicines that originate from the rainforest,” (Causes of) In fact, at least 80% of the developed worlds diet originated in the tropical forest. Although the rainforest covers a paltry 2% of the earth, over half of all the plant and animal species reside there. Out of the 3000 fruits and nuts being consumed today, over 200 are actively being consumed in the western world. In the medicine world, over 120 prescription drugs that are being sold worldwide, came from plant derived sources that were found in the rainforests. The fact is that these make up less than 1% of the plants that have been tested for medicinal purposes. There is an exponential possibility for drastic advances in modern medicine technology. What WRM.org says in brief is that the world literally survives on the fruits of the rainforest. The scale of how much species diversity the rainforest holds is hard to fully comprehend. As found on the website WRM.org, “One single rainforest reserve in Peru is home to more species of birds than are found in the entire United States,” (Causes of). Also found are the following; “Fish...
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