Why the rainforest needs to stay connected

Why the rainforest needs to stay connected

We all know that the rainforest is the lungs of the earth. Without it, we cannot survive, yet we chop it down at the rate of hundreds of football fields a week.

The thing about the rainforest is that unlike trees in other parts of the globe, they produce oxygen for us all year around. The leaves don’t drop off in the wintertime, but keep absorbing carbon dioxide and giving us oxygen. Everyone is aware of the relentless destruction of the rainforest, yet it goes on when we really shouldn’t even take a tiny part of it for ourselves.

One would think that even if we could be less greedy and just take a little bit of the rainforest that would be ok. Surely a tiny bit won’t hurt? The thing about the rainforest however is that if you affect one part, you affect a lot more of it. This is an interconnected eco system that relies on the sum of it’s parts. When we meddle with that, we destroy a lot more than we think we do. We cannot cut down one part of the rainforest, in fact we should really leave it alone altogether.

For one, the tree roots often sit on a relatively small soil base. Roots can be quite near the surface of the ground, and this means that they tend to connect up with each other. Chopping down one tree could affect the ones next too it and all of the animal and plant life that has sprung up around the roots. Chopping down an area of rainforest can have ramifications far beyond the actual area that has been targetted.

As with most things on our planet, when we act first without thinking, we can create results that we don’t really want. If we could only stop to think before we act we could prevent so much destruction. For the sake of the animals and plants that rely on this natural wonder, lets hope we do.

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