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Co-Founder, Rainforest Renee
Shares Why the Rainforest   
is Important to You.     
Why is the Rainforest Important to You?


Smog, dying fish, farming, San Diego weather, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, cancer, rising food prices, the softness in your clothes, headaches and your Prius (if you have one) – what do all these things have in common?  Most people would say, “Nothing.”   Up to a couple years ago, I would have been one of the majorities and said, “Nothing,” also. Well, the fact is that tropical rainforest in countries such as Brazil, Indonesia, and Costa Rica touch each one of the things I mentioned above and effect people no matter where they are located in the world, including those people in California, Alaska, Idaho, or Nebraska.  


The world is losing almost 100,000 acres of rainforest a day.  Just 50 years ago rainforests accounted for 14 percent of the Earth’s land surface, today the rainforest covers only 6 percent of the Earth total land surface.  Scientist say that “at the current rate of destruction the remaining 6 percent of the Earth’s rainforest will be gone by the year 2050,” in our lifetime.  Without the rainforest, oceans will continue to heat up and everything in it will be destroyed.  Like lifelong partners, rainforests and oceans help maintain the planet and we need them to survive.  More importantly, future generations need them to survive.


This blog is dedicated to the rainforests and oceans and the people that protect them.  I hope to provide you with information that allows you to understand why rainforest thousands and thousands of miles away impact everyone's life, no matter where you are. We'll start by taking a look at why protecting the rainforest is important in a series of blogs and then we're wide open to discuss current issues, reports from the field and anything else that's green or blue.  Until then, protect the planet by (you know it!) recycling, reusing and reducing!

 

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