Rainforest Destruction BY: Summer & Talia

10,000 acres of rainforests are destroyed each year. Every day, 137 species of plants, animals, and insects are threatened or wiped out by rainforest destruction. Many people do not realize how important these tropics are for the world and how many resources they provide us with. They are 40% of the world's oxygen, yet everyday several resources they provide are being destroyed. At this rate, many believe the world's rainforests will be in ruins in less than 40 years.


Many timber companies chop down trees from rainforests to sell to other companies to produce furniture, paper, buildings, etc. Many also destroy rainforests for minerals and metals and release poisonous minerals in the process which affect wildlife. Dams are also often built in rainforests for electricity which can often cause flooding.

Environmental Impact

Orangutans live in trees most of the time, barely ever touching the ground. This has become a big problem for orangutans in the rainforest because timber is in such high demand. Another species directly impacted by rainforest destruction are Jaguars, which are usually found in dense and wet environments. This is why many of them tend to live in the rainforest. However, these are constantly being cut down and destroyed which is why Jaguars have become endangered species. In only the last decade, 80% of the jaguar species has been lost. More and more farmers and companies are invading rainforests all over the world for both use of their land and resources. This puts many, many species at high risk by taking away their shelter and food supply.
Most of the snake species live in rainforests. They live in trees and the rainforest is a warm enough temperature for them to live there year round. They use the trees for their shade. There is much more competition because there are less trees for the snakes. Sloths live in trees as well. They rarely are on the ground because of their long claws. They eat leaves, buds, but mostly eat leaves from Cecropia trees which are only found in rainforests. So by the trees being cut, their habitat and food are being destroyed. Without the trees, sloths are easily seen by predators. These species will be endangered if the destruction of rainforests continue. Half of the world's species is already endangered by the destruction.


In order to eliminate the destructive impacts of deforestation, our communities should minimize the use of tropical timber by recycling and reusing wood. We also need to set laws to eliminate killing endangered species and cutting down their habitats and shelters. When farmers need land, they should try to avoid invading animals' habitats, but rather work on a solution to plant crops next to or elsewhere. Dams also do not always have to be built in the rainforests and communities could work on using less electricity. By eliminating or decreasing the amount of dams and pollution by search for these resources, we can significantly help the species living in the rainforests. Minerals and metals can also most likely be found in other environments. It is not possible to fully stop cutting down trees for we need some wood. Companies that cut down trees can help by replanting new trees to replace the ones destroyed.

Fun Facts

  • 7,000 plants from rainforests are used for medicinal purposes
  • Many foods that we eat today are found in rainforests such as: bananas, coffee beans, etc.
  • Some trees and resources from rainforests are chopped down or used illegally
  • Much of Africa's and Asia's rainforests have already been destroyed
  • Rainforests control climate of the earth by taking in the carbon dioxide we breathe out, however deforestation increases the temperature when there is too much carbon dioxide


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Created with images by crustmania - "Deforestation" • _paVan_ - "Orangutan Family" • Becker1999 - "Jaguar" • Pfeilgiftfeder - "snake reptile grass snake" • Unsplash - "sloth tree forest" • WanderingSolesPhotography - "Rainforest"

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