WHAT PLANTING PEACE IS DOING
For centuries the Amazon has been regularly referred to as the “lungs of our planet”. Rainforests contain 90-140 billion metric tons of carbon that impact every single breath we take and help stabilize local and global climate. Unfortunately these areas are being destroyed at prodigious rates. This is particularly damaging because the Amazon contains the world’s highest biodiversity concentrations with an amazing array of flora and fauna species that provide preservation of the biosphere for our generation and generations to come. Planting Peace has purchased 624 acres of Peruvian rainforest land, which has now been placed in a land trust and is 100 percent shielded from decimation. Our hope is to continue to buy land around our existing reserve so we can expand our parameter, thus expanding our protective practices of the Amazon.
The Golden Lion Tamarin Monkey is one of many endangered species in the Amazon that Planting Peace is working hard to protect.
OF THE AMAZON RAINFOREST HAS BEEN DESTROYED.
REASONS AMAZON IS BEING DESTROYED:
– Cattle Farming
IMPORTANCE OF SAVING THE AMAZON
The U.S. National Cancer Institute has identified 3000 plants that are active against cancer cells. 70% of these plants are found in the rainforest. Twenty-five percent of the active ingredients in today’s cancer-fighting drugs come from organisms found only in the rainforest.
More than 20% of the the world’s oxygen comes from the Amazon rainforest. This has earned the area its well-deserved name, “the lungs of our planet”.
Filtering Carbon Dioxide
The Amazon rainforest is one of our planet’s greatest defenses against climate change. Carbon storage helps cool the Earth, scientists believe, by keeping C02, a greenhouse gas, out of the atmosphere.