Earth’s biodiversity — the number of microorganisms, plants, and animals, their genes, and their ecosystems is declining at an alarming rate, even faster than the last mass extinction 65 million years ago.
In fact, two thirds of the terrestrial species that exist today are estimated to be extinct by the end of this century.Â Humans are an integral part of this extensive network of life. We depend on biodiversity for goods and services; we impact biodiversity via rapidly expanding human population growth, consumption of resources, and spread of disease; and we study biodiversity in order to understand, conserve, and protect it.
Rainforests are famous for their biodiversity!
Once upon a time, 14% of the earthâ€™s land surface was covered in rainforests.
Today, a mere 6% of the earthâ€™s land surface is covered in rainforests.
In Brazil alone, one and a half acres of rainforest are lost every second!
2.47 acres of rainforest may contain over 750 types of trees and 1500 species of plants, yet weâ€™re losing 137 plant, animal and insect species every single day due to deforestation. That equates to 50,000 species a year!
25% of Western pharmaceuticals are derived from rainforest ingredients.
Less than 1% of rain forest trees and plants have been tested by scientistsâ€“the cure for cancer could be waiting to be discovered.
Some scientists call the rain forests the â€œlungs of the earth.â€
One tree can remove 50 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each year!
You can make a difference with the Plant 10,000 Trees campaign.
For absolutely no cost (other than a few clicks on the keyboard), you can plant a tropical tree. Just enter your name and email address at www.Plant10000Trees.com. A tree will be planted on your behalf in a protected area of the Brazil rainforest that desperately needs new trees.
The fact that 2011 has been declared The International Year of Forests by the United Nations makes your participation even more meaningful.
Look whoâ€™s already planted a tree with Plant 10,000 Trees!
Be next to plant a treeâ€¦Â you could win something!
When you plant a tree with Plant 10,000 Trees,Â youâ€™ll automatically be entered in a contest for a chance to win natural products from companies like Kiehls, myEARTH360, Rare Elements and others that support the campaign.
The rainforests win either way. Your participation will help to rebuild vast areas of the Atlantic Forest that have been destroyed through logging, oil drilling, and deforestation. 10,000 trees amount to over a million square feet of healthy new rainforest!
More about Plant 10,000 Trees.
Rain Tees and Living Green Magazine have partnered together, hoping to create change and inspire others to do more than read or be part of the deforestation statistics. With your entry into the Plant 10,000 Trees contest, you will instantly plant a tree in the Atlantic Forest region through the Trees for the Future organization and help restore the phenomenal ecosystem that is slipping away from us every second. With every entry, together we can plant 10,000 trees (or more!) and create our own change!