13 July 2013
The Deforestation of the Amazon
The deforestation of the Amazon is going to have catastrophic consequences. The legal and illegal results of chopping down trees in this great wetland, has dire consequences that our generation may not suffer but future generations will. “The Amazon is a vast region that spans across eight rapidly developing countries: Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana, an overseas territory of France. The landscape contains: one in ten known species on Earth; 1.4 billion acres of dense forests, half of the planet's remaining tropical forests; 4,100 miles of winding rivers, 2.6 million square miles in the Amazon basin, about 40 percent of South America” (“Amazon”). So you ask, why does it matter if we chop down a few trees?
The illegal and legal logging of the Amazon has increased gas emissions. It has driven locals into hiding or worse some Amazon tribes are on the verge of extinction. “Brazil said on Monday it was working hard to stop illegal logging in Amazon rainforest land inhabited by the ethnic Awa people, a group said to be threatened with extinction” (“Brazil Fights Illegal Logging to Protect Amazon Natives”). The Awa people are among some of the people losing their land. Not only are people in these areas losing their homeland, but species of animals are losing their homeland as well.
Every year the Amazon loses huge amounts of forest. The Amazon helps stabilize local and global climate. “Over the time period documented, August 2012 to February 2013, the rates [of deforestation] increased an estimated 26.82% and an area of the Amazon larger than the size of the city of London disappeared” (“Deforestation Takes Flight in the Amazon”). In the Amazon over 6 months an area larger than London has disappeared. It’s no wonder with the Amazon losing so many trees a year that there’s global warming.
The Amazon and its natural resources need to be...