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Co-Founder, Rainforest Renee
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The Most Biodiverse Place on Earth

Insect Biodiversity


Disney World is known to be the happiest place on Earth but do you know where the most biodiverse place on Earth is?

 

A term that is not heard enough is biodiversity, pronounced (bio-di-ver-si-ty).  Biodiversity is short for biological diversity and simply means the diversity, or variety, of plants and animals and other living things in a particular area or region.  Biodiversity also means the number, or abundance of different species living within a particular region.


Biodiversity is important because everything that lives in an ecosystem, including humans is dependent on one another like strands holding together a web.  Each species of vegetation and every animal in the world have a place on the earth and play a vital role in the circle of life. Plant, animal, and insect species interact and depend upon one another for what each offers, such as food, shelter, oxygen, and soil enrichment.


Tropical rainforests have more biodiversity than any forest on earth.  More than 50% of the world's estimated 10 million species of plants, animals and insects live in the tropical rainforests.   This statement alone should stop all people in their track to stop rainforest destruction but it doesn’t.  In fact, I am often asked, what are you protecting something so far away when people in our own community need help.  Try this statistic.  A 25-acre plot of rainforest in Borneo may contain more than 700 species of trees - a number equal to the total tree diversity of North America. That’s 25 acres compared to 6,050,697,738 acres!!!  

Experts estimate that we are losing over 140 plants, 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 does the web of life.  In addition, many possible cures for life-threatening diseases are gone, never to be discovered.

Why is the rainforest important to you? The loss of tropical rainforests has a profound and devastating impact on the world because rainforests contain so much biodiversity.


 

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