Rainforests Need to be Protected


Nicole Balcerak

Not many people are aware of what is happening to rainforests around the world. They are currently disappearing at a rate of 6000 acres every hour! The habitats of millions of species are being destroyed every minute. It is so important to protect and preserve our rainforests to avoid further extinctions and destruction of wildlife.
​Deforestation is the clearing of trees and the transformation of a forest into cleared land. According to National Geographic, 80% of Earth’s land animals and plants live in forests, and many cannot survive the deforestation that destroys their homes. Many species are currently being endangered by the unsustainable palm oil production. The majority of palm oil production occurs in Malaysia and Indonesia. In these two countries, large areas of tropical forests and swamps are being cleared for palm oil plantations. According to the World Wildlife Foundation, fewer than 400 of the Sumatran tigers survive today. Other animals are becoming extinct as well because of deforestation, including: Sumatran elephant, Sumatran rhino, Bornean Pygmy elephant, and the Orangutan. Sumatra is an island in Indonesia that has lost 85% of its forests in the last half-century due to palm oil plantations.
​Some ways to give back to the environment can start with something as simple as reducing, reusing and recycling. If we do not recycle, the earth will become extremely polluted, resulting in plants and animals struggling to survive. Planting trees is another excellent way to give back to the environment and make up for a loss of plant life. By planting trees, it provides clean air, food and shelter. To make a difference today, visit the rainforest foundation website and make a monthly donation or just a one time donation; anything will help. Just $5 protects one acre of land from deforestation.