Saving the World...One Tree at a Time
When the beautiful rainforests, which are homes for over one-quarter of the species on this planet, are at the rate of complete extinction in 50 years...SOMEONE has to help.
Every year, 20 million hectares of rainforest — an area the size of England, Wales and Scotland combined — are cut down, releasing millions of tons of carbon emissions into the atmosphere (NatureConservancy.org).
Unless significant measures are taken on a world-wide basis to preserve the tropical rainforests, by 2030 there will only be ten percent remaining with another ten percent in a degraded condition. 80 percent will have been lost and with them the irreversible loss of hundreds of thousands of species.
Experts estimates that we are losing 137 plant, animal and insect species every single day due to rainforest deforestation. That equates to 50,000 species a year. As the rainforest species disappear, so do many possible cures for life-threatening diseases. Currently, 121 prescription drugs sold worldwide come from plant-derived sources. While 25% of Western pharmaceuticals are derived from rainforest ingredients, less that 1% of these tropical trees and plants have been tested by scientists.
Also...Recent studies show that activities to reduce deforestation are a highly cost-effective way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
**$50 can save an ENTIRE ACRE of rainforest - that's saving up to 300 different species of trees and 500 plants**
Did you know: Over the course of 50 years, a single tree can generate $31,250 of oxygen, provide $62,000 worth of air pollution control, recycle $37,500 worth of water, and control $31,500 worth of soil erosion.
1. Tropical Rainforest deforestation needs to stop immediately.