We should increase the protection of tropical rainforests.

With the threat of global warming, rife deforestation, acid rain, flooding, and various other natural disasters, is this the consequence of humanities lack of responsibility and caring for the environment? Cutting down the rainforest for timber or farming/city space is very profitable but is it worth it in the long run? Should rainforests then be given more consideration and protected as they are?


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We should increase the protection of tropical rainforests.
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Where will the local tribes live?

Local indigenous people rely on many areas of the tropical rainforests for their homes, provision for food, fuelwood and small scale subsistence farming. For example, indigenous tribes in the amazon rainforest rely on it for the dependance of their communities' livelihood and way of life. They eat many plant food such as oranges, yams and bananas, and bushmeats such as wild pigs. Their traditional small scale slash and burn and hunting and collecting farming techniques cause the same amount of damage to the rainforest as a tree falling and the plants can easily recolonise.

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In the city like everyone else. Yes rapid urbanization will continue to accelerate, languages will diminish and over crowded cities will erupt into the image of an overcrowded planet. Food and water shortages will do away with the poorest of the world and the remainder of the human species will work towards afforestation and the planet will be renovated.

Whatever we do to impede the process will do just that. It be stalled but not stopped, why bother?

We should increase the protection of tropical rainforests.
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Loss of Biodiversity

You talk about people but what about the diminishing numbers of so many other species on this planet? Tropical rainforests are the biomes with the highest biodiversity on Earth and we, the human race, as a dominant species, have a duty of care and responsibility for their livelihood. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, they are also socially and economically important. Tropical rainforests are home to many plants such as the rosy periwinkle that aid in global medical research- in this case in treating childhood leukaemia. Without these, how can we begin to tackle treatments and even cures for cancer, leprosy and many more known and future mutations of illnesses. There are still many plants and animals with, who knows what medicinal properties that can benefit mankind in the future! All yet to be discovered. If we lose this biodiversity, we will lose our ability to sustainably manipulate these species for our own benefit and the benefit of future generations on Earth.

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