"... When you walk through the rainforest you can feel the wealth of oxygen in the air. It gives you substantial energy and you feel fit and vital! All of your body can function fully... "
Attack on the lungs
Every day, huge areas of the rainforest are felled. This attack on the lung function of the rainforest is twofold. Firstly, the felled trees no longer support the conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2) into oxygen (O2). In the second place during the felling of trees the converted CO2.
The lungs of our planet
The trees are our greatest source of oxygen. Using the energy from the sun, water and minerals, they convert CO2 into oxygen (O2) in a process called photosynthesis. The intense sun exposure that occurs around the equator helps produce trees that grow taller and faster than anywhere else on the planet. The trees in these forests are on average much older than trees found in areas of human habitation, and therefore the quality of air, and specifically the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere, is considerably lower. For these reasons, the rainforest is considered the "lungs of our planet '.
Thirty-six football fields per minute
Every minute an extraordinarily large piece of virgin rainforest, roughly the footprint of thirty-six football fields, is destroyed. Thirty-six. Every minute. The damage is enormous - and unfathomable for most people. And therein lies the danger. For most of us, the rainforest is a far away land that does not effect or daily lives. Yet we enact smoking bans in certain areas, because we know that smoking is harmful to our lungs. We find it important to wear a mask when working with (potentially) dangerous substances. But we need to know that cutting down trees is even more harmful then those examples. Thirty-six football fields worth of Amazonian rainforest is an outright attack on the lungs of the world. Our world. And ultimately, on our own lungs.
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