These Devastating Things Will Happen To Our Planet If The Amazon Rain-forest Burns Down Completely
11Precious and rare plants and animals destroyed
Ever since we were in school we have been taught that the Amazon forest is a treasure of rare plants and animals. If the entire forest burns down, as many as half of the world’s flora and fauna species will die out. 118 of these are endangered species. It is estimated that 3000 freshwater fish species, 370 reptiles, 2.5 million species of insects, that are specific only to the Amazon forest will be extinct.
1280% of the world’s foods will be rare
The Amazon forest is responsible for producing 80% of the world’s fruit. Favorite foods such as chocolates, avocados, coffee, coconuts, oranges, grapefruit, lemons, etc. are all largely sourced from the Amazon forest. If this source is destroyed, production will reduce greatly and you might never get to eat them as frequently as you do now.
1370% of cancer-fighting plats will be lost
There are about 3000 plants which actively fight cancer cells. For instance, Periwinkle is at present the most powerful anti-cancer drug in the world. It has saved thousands of children suffering from leukemia. This drug is sourced from the Vincristine plant in the Amazon. The Amazon is home to millions of such rare and miraculous plants.
14Medicines will not be produced
The Amazon forest is also a source of several life-saving medicines. At present 121 prescription medicines that treat diseases like leukemia, malaria, heart issues, and glaucoma are made from plants found in the Amazon rainforest. Thus, we wouldn’t only be destroying the forest, but also we would be sealing the fates of those who need these medicines.
15People lose their homes
The Amazon rainforest is home to thousands of indigenous tribes. They live in the forest sustainably and source their living from the forest. Though some tribes have established small towns near the forest, their food is still sourced from the forest. Thus when the forest is destroyed, almost 30 million people will be left with no homes, livelihood or food.