Rainforests believe it or not, are fundamental to our planet’s health. Pretty obvious right? Not only are rainforests home to more than half of the world’s species of flora and fauna, rainforests are also the source of about 40 percent of the planet’s oxygen supply! That’s a fact that I didn’t realise was so high. It’s sad to know that despite humans being so diverse and “life-giving” we still continue to destroy these beautiful natural habitats through deforestation.
Now I’m not going to start lecturing you on how we should stop our every day lives and chain ourselves to trees to try save them (although that could be an idea!) BUT it’s good to try spread some awareness about how extreme it’s becoming. After all, we are all avid travellers who love the world and what it gives back to us.
Did you know that with every second gone, a slice of rainforest the size of a football field is mowed down. To put that into perspective, that’s around 86,400 football fields of rainforest per day! Or 31 million+ football fields of rainforest each year.
National Geographic believe that is the current deforestation rate continues, sadly rainforests could completely vanish from the planet within the next century! To help raise some more awareness about the plight of the rainforests, we are sharing this amazing infographic from Giraffe.