The Amazon Rainforest is the largest rainforest in the world. It occupies more than 61% of Brazilian territory. Rich in biodiversity, it has a fauna which corresponds to 80% of the species in Brazil and a flora containing 10-20% of plant species on the planet earth.
The Plants Our Teachers
The Amazon represents more than half of the remaining tropical forests on the planet and comprises the highest biodiversity in a tropical rainforest in the world. It is one of the six great Brazilian biomes.
The region is home to about 2.5 million species of insects, tens of thousands of plants and about 2,000 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 classified scientifically in the Region.
The People of the Forest
The indigenous peoples are the first known inhabitants of the Amazon. They hold the ancestral knowledge of the forest and a whole technology of interactivity with the environment without destroying it.
We are losing Earth’s greatest biological treasures just as we are beginning to appreciate their true value. Rainforests once covered 14% of the earth’s land surface; now they cover a mere 6% and experts estimate that the last remaining rainforests could be consumed in less than 40 years.
Although it sounds unsurmountable, we’ve seen change happen and awareness to spread about the importance of keeping the Rainforest Alive. There are lots of little and big things we can do to help. Follow the link below to learn how and get started.