Why Save the Rain Forest? |
by Donald Silver
You have probably heard how important rain forests are. Perhaps you have seen T-shirts and posters carrying the message Save the Rain Forest. Have you wondered why rain forests are so important?
Why Save the Rain Forests explains how rain forests touch everyone's life. Tropical rain forests are rich with plants and animals some that few people have ever seen. Rain forest plants include many of the things we eat. Can you imagine life without chocolate, sugar, or bananas? Cinnamon, vanilla, and many other spices come from rain forests, too.
Plants from the rain forest provide us with many other important things. The
rubber in tires comes from the rubber tree. Rope and baskets are made from
rain-forest products. Some of the chemicals from rain-forest leaves, flowers, and
seeds are used to make perfumes, soaps, polishes, and chewing gum. Other
chemicals of the rain forests kill germs and fight diseases such as cancer.
What if there were no more rain forests? What difference would it make? Rain
forests are essential to recycling water. Almost half of all the world's rain
falls on rain forests. Plants trap water in the soil and then slowly release it
into the air, where it evaporates. Clouds form and rain falls, filling rivers and
streams. That water is later used for drinking and irrigating crops.
Where rain forests have been cleared from the land, much less rain falls. The land becomes hard and dry. Animal and plant life disappears. Thousands of rain forest animals become extinct every year.
What can you do to save the rain forests? This book shows you many steps you can take. Try the Why Save the Rainforest? Activity to learn more about helping to save the rain forests.
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