Do you think of tropical forests as faraway places that have no impact on you? Think again—these forests affect you every day, and are critical to the survival of every living thing on Earth. While most of the industrialized world senses little connection with the tropical forest, living in large, busy cities far away from these fertile ecological powerhouses, we continue to rely on them for many of our most basic needs.
Tropical forests do not only provide goods, but invaluable services, as well. By absorbing carbon dioxide from the air, storing the carbon and giving us oxygen, tropical forests act as the world’s thermostat, regulating temperatures and weather patterns. Deforestation and forest degradation account for 10% percent of global greenhouse gas emissions each year.
The future of many of Earth’s plants and animals will be determined within the next few decades. Because our lives are so intertwined with the forest’s great bounty, our fate—as well as the fate of millions of plants and animal species—is at stake. It is up to all of us to act responsibly and to be good stewards by contributing to the sustainable production of all the goods and services that the Earth’s tropical forests provide.
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