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We’ve all heard of the rainforest before. They are tall, hot and dense forests found all around the world and serve a significant purpose in the environment. They serve as the Earth’s oldest ecological system.
Although a rainforest covers only around 6% of the earth, amazingly they account for ½ of the plants and animals found!
In a nutshell a rainforest is a dense jungle. As the name suggests, rainforests are the forests that receive more than 1000 mm of rainfall throughout the year are mostly found around the middle of the earth near the equator like South and Central America, Africa, Asia and Australia.
Over 2000 types of plants that you find in the rainforest can be used to help aide in cancer treatment because they have anti cancer properties.
Why is the rainforest so important? We have all been hearing save the rainforest mantras for so long. It’s a redundant question to ask. Obviously, it is the lungs of the world. And 80% of the oxygen that we breathe comes from the rainforest.
We all know about the plants and the richness of the medicines that come from there. All the interesting facts about what the rainforest offers the world are part of the collective consciousness for those awakened humans who are tuned in to the great transformation of the times now, in this present that we live in. But one thing that often gets forgotten is the people who live there.
In Brasil, there are still 18 uncontacted indigenous tribes. Over 67 other tribes inhabit the confines of the forest. And that’s just the indigenous tribes. There are uncountable other populations that depend on the forest for their sustenance and live inside of the official “Rainforest Land”.
There’s so much life in the forest, it is hard for one to fathom. In one square mile of rainforest, there are more plant, animal and insect species that in all of Europe. This biodiversity is utterly necessary for the balance of the planet. There are thousands of plant species in the rainforest that haven’t even been discovered yet. It is the richest ecosystem in existence in our planet and it is a heritage of human kind.
The fact that even with all the progress that we have witnessed over the past 5 decades, that we still have this much rainforest left is actually a blessing. We have been able to preserve this much, or rather, unable to destroy it completely, I don’t know which for sure.
I myself have been so blessed to have gotten to know a little bit of the forest and to meet some of its people and work with its medicines.
All I can say about it is that the Amazon rainforest has completely given me a perspective in life that I would not ever have been able to comprehend without having gotten to know it. It also even showed me a lot about myself, in a way that nothing else in this world ever has…
The forest is a treasure
It is indispensable for the earth and the people of the earth but even more than that it is a heritage that belongs to our children. If we have kept it until now then it is our job and mission to make sure that it continues on forever more until one day if the earth changes and it makes it into an ocean. Everything that it offers is a testament to the fact that nature is more powerful.
That it has everything we need in order to survive and to live in accordance with the divine plan.
Progress is not a bad thing but preserving the natural treasures that were entrusted to us should be just as important.
We deserve this, humanity does, to make it into all of our mssions the one to preserve the most bountiful and incredibly beautiful patrimony of humanity. For us, for our children, for the children of our children.
Some Rainforest Facts
- 70% or more of the plants that are used to treat cancer are found only in the tropical rainforests on the planet.
- Trees in tropical rainforests are so dense that it takes approximately 10 minutes for the rainfall to reach the ground from canopy.
- A lot of the oxygen supply that we have throughout the world is supplied by the tropical rainforests, even though they are miles and miles away. This may come as a shock to some people.
- About 90% of 1.2 billion people living in poverty worldwide depend on rainforests for their daily needs.
- There are a lot of different types of animals that can be found in the rainforest, and most of them cannot live anywhere else because they depend on the environment of the rainforest for their most basic needs.
- Less than one percent of the species of plants in the tropical rainforests have actually been analyzed to determine their value in the world of medicine.
- Many modern medicines derive from plants found in the rainforest, and this is just from the 1% that have been tested for medicinal properties. With more than forty thousand plant varieties found in the rainforest, the potential for finding new vaccines is enormous. Imagine the possibilities!
- Most of our food originally comes from the rainforests of the Amazon. Amazon derived products include bananas, black pepper, chocolate, coffee, corn, pineapple, rice and tomatoes.
- An estimated fifty tribes native to the Amazon rainforest have never had any contact with the rest of the world.
- The Toucan, the loudest creature in the Amazon rainforest, can be heard from a distance of half a mile away.
Some ways you can help supporting deforestation:
• Eat only local grass fed beef (it’s better for you anyways)
• Don’t buy furniture that is made with woods from the rainforest
• Watch your consumption of soy, large pieces of rainforest land are cut for the cultivation of soy
• Purchase rainforest lands for preservation
• Purchase art from rainforest people
• Drink more Ayahuasca ☺
• Support organizations that support the rainforest – donate time or money or both to these organziations. Some exemples are: RAN, RAW, others. ..
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