1 The importance of the tropical forests involves people that live there and people like us that depend on their products. Tropical rainforest’s are the homes for, “forest-dependent peoples,” this people are, “the world’s 150 million native or indigenous people who rely on the forest for their way of life” (Roper, 1). Including these 150 million natives there are 500 million people who call their home the rain forest (Roper, 1). These lands used to be filled with millions of these tribes and now less than half is left. These tribes were expelled from their lands, killed off by violence and disease. These tribes are not only every day people in the the world, they hold a key to medicines we need. They have lived in the rainforest’s got years and have used the plants for medicinal purposes.
2 Medicinal Purposes is only one of the reasons why rain forests are important to us. The lands that are being destroyed everyday could hold the cure to life threatening diseases. “Forests are also important sources of new pharmaceuticals used to fight cancer, AIDS, and other serious human diseases” (Roper, 2). “Covering only 6 percent of the Earth 's surface, tropical moist forests contain at least half of all species. The abundant botanical resources of tropical forests have already provided tangible medical
Cited: Roper, John. “Deforestation: Tropical Forests in Decline.” Forestry Issues Jan. 1999. CFAN. 30 January 2006. http://www.rcfa-cfan.org/english/issues.12.html.