Deforestation In The Amazon Rainforest

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Deforestation effects on the Amazon Rainforest and The Indigenous Indians
The Amazon Rainforest is the world’s largest tropical rainforest, most of it located in Brazil. About 10% of the world’s species are found in the Amazon. The Amazon is home to 40,000 species of plants and some of these plants are used for making new medication and vaccines, such as for cancer. Not only can we use the resources found in the Amazon for medical purposes, but it also produces about 20% of the oxygen we need. Despite the fact that the Amazon is a big part of our planet’s ecological system and is used in research, it is still being destroyed by deforestation. Deforestation is mainly caused by both agriculture and logging. Deforestation affects the environment
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Farmers clear the land by setting fire to it when the rain forest is dry enough to burn, usually during the months of August and September. When farmers start a fire it can spread easily through the Amazon, causing a forest fire, due to the fact that the trees are not adapted to fire, and this is a big problem because, “tropical deforestation is found to be responsible for almost 20% of all greenhouse gasses, more than all transport (cars, boats and planes) combined” (Boekhout van Solinge, 227). Not only does burning the trees greatly increase the deforestation of the Amazon, it also impacts the living organisms that live there and this “represents one of the leading causes of contemporary and past extinctions of native plant and animal populations” (Peres, Schneider, 65). The Amazon rainforest contains 20-30% of the planet’s biodiversity and is rich in fauna and flora, which means that deforestation causes high ecological harm, such as an increase of droughts, wind speeds that change the microclimates inside the forest. Pasture burning does more damage than what the farmers think because not only do they destroy trees, but they pollute the air and slowly contribute to the Amazon becoming smaller and threatening species that live …show more content…
One method that they use to protest is by “participants… squat[ting] in roadside camps bordering plantations, sometimes entering the plantations themselves” (Sullivan, 452). They do this so they can gain recognition from the state that their land has been claimed. Most times this method of protesting can result in violent confrontations or counteractions. These confrontations mostly happen in the protest camps where protesters are attacked, murdered, assaulted and kidnapped. Some protest camps are even burned down. Indigenous land claims are opposed overwhelmingly by the public opinion, sometimes because of their race and ethnicity. There are people who are not part of the ethnic group, but also try to help the cause by participating in protests. There are dangers to the people who try to help the indigenous Indian’s cause such as death. Both sides, the indigenous Indians and the land grabbers, are unwilling to give up for the land they want and this causes tension and

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