What’s Happening To The Amazon Rain forest

Mackenzie Howald, Writer

As we all know the Amazon rain forest in the biggest tropical rain forest in Brazil. The Amazon is currently burning, but nobody knows exactly why. People believe that farmers have been starting fires so they can have more land for crops. Only now it has gotten out of hand.

More than 20 percent of the world oxygen is produced in the Amazon Rain forest. More than half of the world’s estimated 10 million species of plants, animals and insects live in the tropical rain forests. They call it “ the planets lungs.” Scientists say that if the amazon rain forest just disappeared animals, plants and humans would all face dire consequences. The Amazon absorbs 2 billion tons of carbon dioxide a year, which makes it a vital part of preventing climate change.

Just a few days ago the government prevented fire fighters from putting out fires for more than 60 days. The last official count of fires that were burning in the Amazon were about 76,00 fires. An increase of over 80 percent over the same time period last year, according to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research.

We need the rain forests to produce oxygen and clean the atmosphere to help us breathe. We also know that the earth’s climate can be affected, as well as the water cycle. We need to stand up and encourage people to live in a way that doesn’t hurt the environment.