Today is World Rainforest Day!
Did you know that healthy forests are the key to avoiding future pandemics? Healthy forests are a protective buffer between diseases found in non-human animals and global human populations. When we destroy them, we foster close contacts between animal populations and vulnerable human populations. That is why protecting forests NOW means protecting against pandemics now and in the future.
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Take a breath, thank a rainforest. This World Rainforest Day, take a moment to think about the many ways in which rainforests positively affect our lives. They provide us with food, medicine, climate regulation, and so much more. The benefits of rainforests are innumerable.
Essential to our survival, rainforests are responsible for more than 25% of all Western medicine and house more than 50% of the world’s plant and animal species. Only covering 2 percent of the planet’s surface area, rainforests are dense and concentrated; however, they directly provide for indigenous populations who live off the land and work to protect this precious resource.
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From the Amazon in South America to Daintree in Australia and Africa’s Congo Rainforest, there are hundreds of fascinating creatures and trees to be found in these rainforests, even though deforestation continues to put many species at risk of extinction.
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