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The Amazon – more than just a rainforest

This green resource is so precious yet faces numerous threats

The Amazon rainforest is a symbol of life. Not only is it home to 427 mammal species, 1,600 bird species, 378 species of reptiles, and more than 400 species of amphibians, it’s also where you’ll find 40,000 different plants and approximately 2.5 million types of insects. Then there’s the 400-500 indigenous tribes that also inhabit the rainforest. And, not forgetting the small matter of trees – there are four times more trees in the Amazon than stars in the Milky Way (amazonaid.org). If you have ever doubted the importance of the Amazon – this should go some way in explaining.

Fires not only pose a risk to the many forms of life within the rainforest, but it also impacts us – even from the other side of the world. That’s because the combination of trees and plants found in the Amazon release oxygen back into the atmosphere. It’s for that reason the Amazon has been dubbed the lungs of the Earth. “Forests absorb carbon dioxide and they sequester carbon in their deep roots, generating oxygen in the process,” explains agricultural expert and author of Eating Tomorrow, Timothy A. Wise. Sadly, the Amazon is facing the huge threat of deforestation. “Deforestation is a broad term used to describe the cutting down of trees, often to clear land for agricultural activities, but also for timber,” adds Timothy.

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Hello, If you’d asked me earlier this year what images the Amazon rainforest conjured up in my mind, it would be densely packed, lush green trees, brightly coloured macaws and chatty toucans living alongside speedy squirrel monkeys and majestic jaguars. Perhaps naively, I assumed that the world’s largest rainforest was a constant – a protected part of our natural landscape, somewhere we can all close our eyes and see images of, like the Alps or the river Nile. But, over the last few months, this idyllic picture of the Amazon has been destroyed, replaced with haunting and horrifying images of blazing fires and ominous plumes of smoke. Often described as the lungs of the planet, the Amazon now looks like it’s starting to choke. The anthropogenic impact we have had on some of the most vital natural resources on the planet is really starting to show. The notion of constants is changing, too – our glaciers are melting, our rainforests are being destroyed, our rivers are polluted and our coastlines eroded – the landscape of our planet as we know it looks set to continue to transform and degrade. As bleak a future as I’m describing, it’s not all doom and gloom and there are many things we can do to help. We want the future generations to close their eyes and picture the toucans, not the burning embers of what was once the greatest rainforest on Earth. We need to act, and we need to do it now. Have a great month, Phillipa Editor