This collection of rainforest essays were written by 7th Graders at Adobe Middle School in Elko, Nevada. Elko is a desert climate in a rural gold mining community. Students studied rainforests as part of their geography curriculum. In this assignment, students had to convince others to save the rainforest by explaining all the valuable resources that come from the area. They were surprised to find out that, even living in Nevada, how much we rely on the rainforests. Students also had to come up with ways to save rainforests. I hope you enjoy their essays and after reading, you also want to save the rainforests. Together we all can make a difference!
-Miss Sarah Aynsley Jolley, 7th Grade Teacher at Adobe Middle School
Five Letters by Our Next Generation
The rainforest is being destroyed because people need to mine. Also animals need plants to eat so us humans can eat. Some farmers need space to grow their crops and they also need fire to keep warm. Now in days people uses roads and highways to get to the place they wanna be, people need furniture for their homes. Face it this way native tribe are losing their homes, imagine that you live out where the tribe live and some mean person comes and destroys it, now you gotta walk to find a new house. That would be trying because you have to walk. Erosion is important because we don’t want our lands to be deserts and animals wouldn’t have a home to live and no water to drink. Destroying a circle of life is bad because animals clean out bad things for example bad leaves from tree plants, weed and other things they keep our place clean.
If we cut down the trees we loss the animals. The animals wouldn’t have a home to live. The animals are very important to us because half of our food is an animal. And if we don’t have animals we might be dead, and some animals like sloth, monkeys, snakes, and bees mostly collects stuff from the flowers. I would hate to live in a state without oxygen! And medicine is important because if we get sick that’s the only thing that could heal us. Chocolate is good. It comes from a tree. Erasers come from a rubber tree, gum comes from a tree too. Pineapples and mangos are fruit it’s tasty and healthy for you.
Here are some ways to save a rainforest, people could see and explore the rainforest, some people sleep there for camping. Some little kids are still learning about the rainforest, what do you want the teachers to say to the kids “Oh soon we are not going to have rainforests because people are cutting them down.” It’s going to make the guys look bad. Now people need plants mostly farmers, animals eat plants and if we don’t have trees then we wouldn’t have had food! When you buy stuff made out of wood then you’re mostly killing the tree because you’re owning trees in your house and your house is made out of wood too. If we didn’t have trees we wouldn’t have houses and we wouldn’t have shelter. Well it would be a bad thing because people will stink and they can’t shower because we wouldn’t have a house.
From: Liliana Martinez
Rainforests are being destroyed all over the world. People are destroying rainforests for farming land and to plant crops. People also want to mine in the rainforests so they are destroying it to mine. Roads and highways are being made. Logging is a big reason why they want to destroy the rainforests.
Destroying the rainforest can have catastrophic affects on the environment. Animals will start going extinct and plants will go extinct too. Many people might lose their homes like native americans. The soil will start to erode without trees. Global warming will get worse and worse.
The destruction of just a few animals can cause a huge effect on the environment. If piranha die caman won’t be able to eat them and the piranha won’t be able to eat fish then the fish could overpopulate. If sloths, monkeys, and toucans die then they won’t be able to eat fruit and spread the seeds around. Then the trees will die and no fruit will grow and even more animals will die.
A lot of lotions and shampoo brands will go out of business because a lot of their products come from the rainforest. We will also lose some spices and this will make people have to make different foods. Tons of fruits come from the rainforest so we will lose a lot of those fruits.a lot of chocolate comes from the amazon.
We can start a group and protest against cutting down the rain forest. Our group could start fundraiser and collect donations. We can also spread the word about not using a lot of paper, wood, and oil. We could make websites that promote not destroying the rainforest. We could go out and find other protesters and join them.
Sincerely, Cai Alvarado
The rainforest is being cut down and these are reasons why. People need wood to build homes and other wood products. People also need space for cattle raising. One thing people need is food, so we need more space for crops. People need minerals for daily things so they build mines. People need ways to easily travel that do not cost to much. So they need space for roads and highways.
Tribes of native people are being displaced and are losing their homes. The rainforest is poor in nutrients so when you cut down trees then your crops only grow for a few years. Without trees to hold the soil in place it washes away. Many animals live there and without the shelter and food they die off.
50% of animals live in the rainforest. Some of the endangered animals are the boa constrictor, monkeys, toucans, jaguars, and tree frogs. All of these animals need the rainforest for food. Some need it for shelter. Others need it for protection. Those are some reasons to keep the rainforests.
I want to share some resources you can get from the rainforest. You get oxygen. You get medicine. You also get chocolate. You get soap and sugar. You can get rubber which makes gum and erasers. You get important ingredients like lemons and ginger. Everyone cannot live without coffee, which comes from rain forests.
To conclude I want to tell you some ways you can save the rainforest. You can encourage for people to establish national parks. You can use it to educate people. You teach people to plant trees. You can promote eco-tourism. That is all you have to do.
Thank you for reading
The rainforest is being destroyed because, people are cutting down the trees so that they can make money for their logging business and making wood products. Also mining is another reason for cutting down the trees. People also need space for their cattle. Ranching is another reason so they need room for crops even though the soil is only good for a few years if that. Lastly, roads there has been lots of trees cut down so people can drive through to places faster.
Lastly roads. There has been lots of trees cut down so people can drive through to places faster.
Next, we need to save the environment because, without it we would not be able to survive. Ruining the environment kills species, erodes things that don’t need eroded. Tribes are also losing their homes. The soil isn’t even that good it can only last about 3 years at most when you could live in Idaho and have fertile soil almost always. Erosion is tearing away at the soil making it not fertile.
Also, 50% of the plants and animals in the world come from the rainforest. Bees keep all of the plants in the world going which helps us a lot. Snakes and jaguar’s keep the ecosystem intact so that not just one species is dominant. Monkeys help scientists to figure many things out. Birds keep plants and trees growing by carrying their seeds.
Therefore, we will lose probably the number one ingredient in the world and that is sugar. There’s sugar in gum, chocolate, coffee, etc. Also soap will be gone so we would all end up smelling. Lastly we would lose the one thing that keeps us alive, oxygen.
Lastly, there are many ways to save the rainforest. Some are hard some are easy. Making National Parks is a good start. Also teaching people about the dangers of what destroying the rainforest does. Lastly, not promoting rainforest products. All of these things and many more are just a small step into fixing what we have ruined.
The Rainforest is being destroyed because they are making paper, furniture, etc. They use the wood from the trees to make stuff to sell. They use parts of the rainforest to build highways and roads which is destroying the rainforest.
They Rainforests being destroyed is a problem because many animals live in the rainforest. Also the trees in the rainforests provide oxygen for us to breath. Erosion-Without trees will be hard to hold the soil in place when it washes away.
Destroying the rainforest leads to extinction of certain species of plants and animals. Destroying one species of plant or animal disrupts the circle of life. The rainforest should be saved so that other animals can be saved from extinction.
I would not be able to live without oxygen because oxygen helps me breath. I also can’t live without sugar because our bodies need sugar to help function correctly. Rubber is in many things that I can’t live without.
In conclusion, there is many ways to save the rainforest such as not buying products that promote it’s destruction. It also helps to recycle. You can not buy meat products that are from animals raised in the rainforest. Donate money to people who are trying to help protect the rainforest.
Sincerely, Elizabeth Olsen