Essay on Deforestation Devastation

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Rainforests throughout the world are being destroyed and cut down by us; for the excessive amount of paper we use at school, for the magazines in which we love, and even for the toilet paper we use. Rain forests are one of the oldest existing ecosystems in the world, but maybe not for long. At the rate in which deforestation is occurring, which is approximately eighty acres every minute or roughly the size of Florida in one year (“Rainforest Alliance”), future generations may only be able to experience what was the beautiful jungle through pictures and descriptions. Can you imagine a world without wild life, without many of the exotic species? Although cutting down rainforests can produce short-term wealth, it should no longer be …show more content…
Losing these forests could possibly mean losing essential remedies for saving lives.
Many different species are vanishing due to cutting down the rainforests. “Tropical forests cover only seven percent of the planet’s land surface yet they are home to more than half of all plant and animal species. In a typical four-mile-square area of tropical forest may live… 125 kinds of mammals, and 400 kinds of birds. In a single square mile of tropical forest, biologists have counted 300 different kinds of butterflies” (“Rainforest Alliance”). Many species have become endangered due to deforestation. Rare animals like the jaguar, toucan, sloth, leopard and many more are continuously losing their habitats. They are forced to live in environments that are unfamiliar to them. Along with losing their homes, many species are losing their source of food. When a species’ population becomes extremely low, events such as disease or drought could easily demolish them forever. Once a species goes extinct there is no way to bring them back. Birds that migrate from the United States are also being unfavorably affected by deforestation. During the cooler months of the year many birds travel south to the luscious rainforests. If their homes were no longer available to them they would be put in a huge amount of danger, which could result in fatality or even extinction. We need to protect their habitats before it is too late. Removing just one…

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