Geography - Responses to rainforest destruction in the short and
Responses to rainforest destruction in the short and long-term
The response of people to rainforest destruction has been in response to
a highly emotional campaign from the world's conservation groups. Many
million individuals worldwide are active members of environmental lobby
groups. By joining a rainforest action or environmental group such as
Greenpeace, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Rainforest Action Network, or
Friends of the Earth you can become involved in a campaign to protect
This resource identifies the response of Non-government Organisations 
to the destruction of rainforests.
The publicity campaigns of these groups always push the following aspects
of this phenomenon.
* An area the size of a football field is being destroyed every second!
* We owe the discovery of many food crops to the tropical rainforests -
lemons, limes, oranges, pineapples, mangoes, avocados, guavas, papayas,
passion fruits, bananas, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, palm oil, rubber,
annatto (natural red food colouring), cashews, brazil nuts, macadamia nuts,
hearts of palm, essential oils, coffee beans and can you ever imagine
living without chocolate!
* The potential use for many rainforest plants is yet to be established.
If the forests are destroyed we will never know what we have lost.
* Rainforests are the lungs of the earth.
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