The Diminishing Rain Forest
The rainforest is the most biologically diverse ecosystem on earth containing more than half of all living things known to man. In the rainforest you will see an extensive variety of types of plants, trees, flowers, animals, birds, insects, and reptiles and possibly even species you’ve never seen before!
In fact the rain forests contain half of the Earth’s wildlife and two-thirds of its plant species. The Amazonian rain forest alone stores over half of the Earth’s rainwater. Without rainforests recycling of water, droughts would become the norm and lead to widespread famine and disease. And yet, because of the environmental footprint of man, rain forests are steadily being diminished.
It is also extremely important to point out that Indigenous people have thrived in rainforests since the beginning of time. Their lives and spirituality are inextricably woven into the coexisting plants, animals and flow of life in the rich environment of the rainforest. They are a major part of helping us to learn and uncover more vital secrets of the rainforest. Yet, with the ongoing diminishing of the rainforest, many of the Indigenous people are also facing extinction.
Here is what you can do to reduce your own environmental footprint:
- Lower your shades or close your curtains on hot days, to keep the house cool and reduce the use of electric fans or air-conditioning.
- Use rechargeable batteries.
- Don’t use “throw away” products like paper plates and napkins, or plastic knives, forks and cups.
- Buy fruit and vegetables that are in season to help reduce enormous transport costs resulting from importing produce and, where possible, choose locally produced food.
- Always ask for and buy recycled paper if you can - for your business stationery and to use in your printers.
- Go on vacation during the off-peak period to prevent over straining resources - you'll also avoid the crowds.
- Bring your own bags to the grocery and refuse the plastic bags that create so much waste.