The Lung of Our Earth Essay

921 Words Oct 30th, 2011 4 Pages
One and a half acres of the rain forest-“the Lung of the Earth”, are lost every second. In fact, they now cover only a mere 6% of the earth's land surface compared with 14% when humankind first settled. Experts estimate that the last remaining rain forests could be consumed in less than 40 years. Obviously, deforestation has been becoming an alarming phenomenon for the whole world. Writing about this issue, Laura Lopen, John Maier and Dick Thompson express some quite strong opinions.

In “Playing with Fire”, the authors indicate that the rain forests of the Amazon are being destroyed extremely. Annually, farmers, cattle ranchers, loggers cut down trees for crops, pasturage and production. According to the authors, these actions have
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There are more plant species in one hectare in Amazon than the whole of Europe. There are about 30 times more fish species in Amazon than in European rivers. Plus, it is an enormously rich source of valuable, rare chemicals for human treatments. More importantly, the rainforest of the Amazon is considered “the Lung of the Earth” which balances and harmonizes the global climate. It recycles carbon dioxide into oxygen that we breathe everyday. In fact, more than 20 percent of the world oxygen is produced by the Amazon rainforest.

In my opinion, the Amazon rainforest in particular and the forests in the world in general are being in emergency. Excessive deforestation is being on the alert. As a result, maybe forest will disappear if nothing is done to stop this action. If once the great benefits of growing and protecting forest are recognized, it is more likely for its survival. Because we have been taking advantages of forest from the first day of settlement, we have to responsibility for saving it. That also means we are saving our life.

In conclusion, “Playing with Fire” is a quite interesting and persuasive writing. The authors’ opinions are strong with specific evidences, clear statistics. The language is understandable and appealing. However, the writing is not very well-organized. Arguments sometimes are repeated and the opinions about one issue are not put in the same paragraph. In my point of view, this writing

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