The Importance Of Forests

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Register to read the introduction… As Dr. Frederic Beaudry, an environmental biologist, stated forests are a “rich source of medicines,” (“Tropical”). Parts of the species are used for curing or preventing diseases. In the tree named curare lianas found in Latin America, its bark is used to treat diseases as in Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and other types of muscular illnesses ("Medicinal”). As well, the discovery of the Catharanthus roseus, also known as the Madagascar’s periwinkle, is found at the bottom of some African rainforests and used to treat leukemia, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and other cancers (Kilham). This shows how important it is to have our forests. They are natural resources that can provide benefits to human kind.
According to Harvard biologist Edward O. Wilson, 137 forest species go extinct every day (Beaudry). As a result, this is a concern because the species disappearance reduces the possible remedies for diseases. The earth’s forests are medical habitats that are beneficial to human kind and should be better preserved in order to not harm human’s
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There are many indigenous tribes that still use forests as their home. The forests provide food and resources for them to survive and without it raise their chance of extinction. One of the leading causes of deforestation is agriculture farming. Forest are being removed to give way to plantations in order to grow corn, soy, rice, coffee, beans, and many other crops. Thus, forces many habitants to move. In the article, Rare Amazon Tribe Nearly Extinct from Deforestation, explains how the Awa-Guajá tribe is being driven out of their habitat because of agriculturalist, loggers, and other groups. The Awa-Guaja is one the most endangered tribes on Earth and is "one of the last two nomadic hunter-gatherer tribes in Brazil," (Messenger). This group has been fleeing for many years because of deforestation. Leaving causes them to have to adapt to a new environment, in which they end up in an environment that has very little food, and have little knowledge on how to deal with the new environments resources. This leads to hunger, starvation, and cluelessness causing the tribes to become extinct.
In addition, deforestation has an effect on the global carbon cycle. It is estimated that 122 billion tons of carbon was released between 1850 and 1990 because of deforestation (Urquhart). According to research by The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), estimates that every year deforestation releases 1.6 billion tons of carbon (Howden). A way to better understand how much this is that the average vehicle releases around 5 tons of carbon dioxide a year, so by doing the math 1.6 billion tons is similar to 320 million cars

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