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Co-Founder, Rainforest Renee
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FRESH AIR


Fresh Air
I woke this morning to a beautiful sunrise; pink, yellow and white against a blue sky and birds singing a song. Even the sun was reflecting off the little town in the distance below.  Everything is fresh.  We’ve all had these beautiful mornings and I hope you share in one again soon.

I am going to also ask that you take another moment and think back to high school science class and photosynthesis. By the way, let me go on record to say, I am not a scientist, not a climate change expert or even an ecologist or biologist.   I simply have a great passion for the environment, appreciate all its resources and want to save the planet for future generations.

Back to Science 101. 

Fresh air or oxygen is something that we all need to survive. It’s produced by plants and TREES, TREES, and did I say, TREES. As trees grow they sequester carbon from the air and create clean air for us to breathe.   Trees and plants in the rainforest sequester more carbon than anywhere else in the world, even if that carbon dioxide is produce thousands of miles away. 
 
Carbon dioxide produced by cars and factories rises into the atmosphere and is blown.  If carbon dioxide stayed close to us, we would live in pure smog every day.  There are countries today where people have to wear masks just to breathe because of the large about of gases put off by production and vehicles. 

For those that have never visited the rainforest, the rainforest is dense with many layers of trees, plants and animals, each doing their job.  As a result, rainforests sequester more carbon than an average forest because of the sheer destiny and because of the ongoing turn-over of growth.  Trees that reproduce naturally or that are planted in tropical regions, close to the equator grow faster than those trees further away from the equator.  Additionally, it is important to note that smaller saplings sequester more carbon than older larger trees because their growing.  Have you ever wished you had the energy of a 5 year-old; well a young tree has energy much like that!   They are more active and collect greater amounts of carbon dioxide.
So, why are we destroying the rainforest for rare wood and agriculture and not planting trees in the equator regions of the world? Maybe you can comment. Seems logical to me but it’s not as easy as it sounds. 

To summarize today’s science 101 lesson,  the rainforest is important to us because it sequesters more carbon dioxide (pollution) than anywhere in the world, which in turn produces clean air all over the world – giving us beautiful days.  

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