Amazon Rescue was started to protect and save a large portion of the Amazon rainforest from deforestation. We created a website to present the facts and get people to sign the petition to lobby governments and to create more natural reserves. In a period when global warming and climate change has become one of the most important concerns for individuals around the world, we believe that it is critical that more people get informed, act and pass the word around to preserve the last, most diverse and largest untouched ecological area in the world. Deforestation and rainforest slush and burning is one of the largest contributors to global warming and CO2 emissions!
Conservation and sustainability are the only ways to protect our environment and the biological richness that lies inside the rainforest.
Video and Facts
Read the facts about deforestation and climate change below and watch the video!
Facts and Figures:
- Extension - It encompasses seven million square kilometers (1.7 billion acres), though the forest itself occupies some 5.5 million square kilometers (1.4 billion acres), located within nine nations: Brazil (with 60 percent of the rainforest), Peru (with 13 percent of the rainforest, second after Brazil), Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana.
- Biodiversity - It represents over half of the planet's remaining rainforests and comprises the largest and most species-rich tract of tropical rainforest in the world. The region is home to about 2.5 million insect species, tens of thousands of plants, and some 2000 birds and mammals. To date, at least 40,000 plant species, 3,000 fish, 1,294 birds, 427 mammals, 428 amphibians, and 378 reptiles have been scientifically classified in the region. Scientists have described between 96,660 and 128,843 invertebrate species in Brazil alone.
- Deforestation - The mean annual deforestation rate from 2000 to 2005 (22,392 km² per year) was 18% higher than in the previous five years (19,018 km² per year). In Brazil, the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais produces deforestation figures annually. According to INPE, the original Amazon rainforest biome in Brazil of 4,100,000 km² was reduced to 3,403,000 km² by 2005 – representing a loss of 17.1% At the current rate, in two decades the Amazon Rainforest will be reduced by 40%
- Climate Change - Amazonian evergreen forests account for about 10% of the world's terrestrial primary productivity and 10% of the carbon stores in ecosystems — of the order of 1.1 x 1011 metric tonnes of carbon. Amazonian forests are estimated to have accumulated 0.62 ± 0.37 tons of carbon per hectare per year between 1975 and 1996. Fires related to Amazonian deforestation have made Brazil one of the top greenhouse gas producers.
- Native Communities -In Brazil alone, more than 90 indigenous groups have been destroyed by epidemics and Brazilian colonists since the 1900s, and with them have gone centuries of accumulated knowledge of the value of rainforest species. As indigenous territories continue to be destroyed by deforestation, and ecocide, such as in the Peruvian Amazon indigenous peoples' rainforest communities continue to disappear, while others, like the Urarina continue to struggle to fight for their cultural survival and the fate of their forested territories.
Not everything is negative and there is still ways to help and stop these decaying trends. Keep Reading Below>>
Conservation and Sustainable Development
Environmentalists have stated there is not only a biological incentive to protecting the rainforest, but also an economic one. One hectare in the Peruvian Amazon has been calculated to have a value of $6820 if intact forest is sustainably harvested for fruits, latex, and timber; $1000 if clear-cut for commercial timber (not sustainably harvested); or $148 if used as cattle pasture.
There are still practical solutions...Native communities have sustainably lived in the Amazon for centuries, they have been able to find a balance with nature that Western societies should learn from. From ecotourism to natural medicine, natural plants and exotic fruits extraction, to carbon dioxide (CO2) credits, conservation, by supporting native indigenous tribes and communities, is still possible, and even more it is a must. They haven own the land for centuries and are the main stakeholders to protect on of the most fascinating regions in the world from vast exploitation. Follow the steps below and read more about our proposal
Register your name and email into our Petition Database. We will keep your contact information and update you on the progress of this initiative. Once you have logged into Amazon Recue you will also be able to write blogs and contact other members in the member´s Area. If you want to participate more actively we are looking for representatives and volunteers in different countries to present the project to your local media.
Tell everyone you know about this site, send them an email or import your hotmail, gmail, yahoo, etc. contacts
into Amazon Rescue and we will invite them for you. The more people sign up the bigger the effect will be. Right now is the moment to get a critical mass to influence policy concerning Amazon deforestation, oil exploration, mining, cattle ranching, etc.
You can ask questions, give your opinion, respond to user´s questions on our forum
. You can also propose new forum categories and initiate the debate to find better solutions for this project. Writing a blog
is also a great way continue. You can edit interesting news articles you have read, write your own articles and opinion and publish your findings, pictures, issues of interest.
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