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 reasons the rainforest is being destroyed is for logging, space for cattle grazing, ranching, farming, mining, planting crops and making highways and roads. Every minute there are more than 150 acres of rainforest lost from all of these reasons (above).
The effects to the environment are global warming, greenhouse effect, extinction of species, disruption of the circle of life, Natives are losing their homes and being displaced, loss of mineral the soil becomes nutrient poor after 2-3 years, without the trees to hold in the soil it washes away, and finally after that all without the transpiration the land turns into a desert. These are some of the effects of destroying the rainforests.
50% of all plants and animals live in the rainforest. You can find most of the animal species in the canopy. These are not the only ones losing their homes there are hundreds of thousands of species also losing their homes due to deforestation. There are only about 45,00-69,000 orangutans left in the forest. There are fewer than 1,500 Indochinese tigers left in the wild, and less than 100 three-toed pygmy sloths left IN THE WORLD!!! There are only about 80-110 Leopard Cats left in the world, and finally only about 3,000 Tapirs left in the world.
If we cut down the rainforest we will lose Pineapples, Coconut, Kiwi, Lemon, Taro Root, Cloves, Ginger, Black Pepper, Rubber, Avocado, Mango, Tapioca, Coffee, Cinnamon, Kola Nuts, Cashews, Sugar, Chicle(gum), Papaya, Medicine, and most importantly Oxygen. Oxygen is life to every living organism on earth.
These are all ways to stop the rain forest from being destroyed. Not buying products that promote rainforest destruction. Write to Congress and ask that they make laws to help protect the rainforest. Such as letting us know where products are coming from. Recycle used paper. Donate money to organizations that are trying to preserve the rainforest. Use less paper, donate money to the wood cutters, plant more rubber trees, ecotourism, promote renewable products like rubber & fruit, create ways to tell people to not cut down the rain forest.
And those facts are all ways we can help with saving
People today are destroying rainforest because they want highways. They also want space to plant crops and space for cattle grazing. People also are cutting down trees and not to mention they’re also doing mining.
People should start saving rainforests because of erosion without trees to hold the soil in place it washes away. Without transpiration the land turns into a dessert. Either way tribes are losing their homes, the soil is becoming very poor, extinction of species, disruption to the circle of life, global warming, climate change, Increased greenhouse effect.
The effect of the rainforest getting destroyed are the extinction of animals. Animals are dying because they need food to live but if the other animals are dead they won’t eat and eventually die this is called the web of life. Some examples of animals that are dying are the anteaters, tree frog, toucan, monkeys, and snakes.
50% of the plants and animals live in the rainforest. If people destroy rainforest we could lose chocolate, coconut, mango, papaya, avocado, nuts, oxygen etc we will lose all of our fruits and animals we need oxygen to live. Plants let out seeds which some animals eat or fruits grow and trees grow.
Therefore the international community needs to save rainforest they can do that by not buying products that promote rainforest, write to congress and ask to make laws to help the environment, recycle used paper, donate money to organizations that are trying to preserve the rainforest, Establish national parks, Educate the people, Teach farmers how to replant the trees, selective tree harvesting, sustainable rainforest products, ecotourism.
Sincerely – Vanessa Gonzalez
The rainforests are being destroyed for commercial logging, cattle grazing, planting crops, mining, and roads. So when you see a road, mining area, cattle grazing, crop areas, or logs in a tropical area think of what could have been there before. Trees and animals could have been there before all the things there.
When, and if, the rainforest is destroyed some effects are nutrient-poor soil, increased greenhouse effect, extinction of species, and global warming. With nutrient-poor soil plants will have a hard time growing so less food will be produced and more hunger will appear. Most species that live in the rainforest will become extinct due to not being able to adapt to another habitat.
With the rainforest being destroyed animals like Aye-ayes, jaguars, lemurs, toucans, and ocelots will have a harder time finding food and a place to stay. Some animals live in the trees like a strangler fig or a kapok tree and some animals use the trees to camouflage themselves to hunt food and hide from predators. The dead logs are also home to many small creatures like bugs and small rodents.
If the rainforest was destroyed some of the resources that we would lose are avocados, lemons, bananas, oranges, chocolate, peanuts, coconuts, sugar cane, grapefruit, and vanilla. All of these foods we can use in our daily lives so there would be no more guacamole, sweets, banana bread, or peanut butter. So kiss all those things good bye if we can’t save the rainforest.
Some ways you can help save the rainforest is recycle paper so they can cut down less trees. You can educate people on rainforests and teach them all about what’s happening. People are teaching farmers how to plant trees where trees have been cut down, and we are starting elective tree harvesting which is where they cut away trees through narrow paths so the other trees can drop seeds that will grow into new trees.
We can also donate to organizations that help protect the rainforest.
The rainforest is being destroyed by people cutting it down so they could have more animal grazing. Don’t build the roads and highways through the rainforest. Don’t cut down all the trees for paper.
For one thing the animals will go extinct if we keep cutting down the trees and killing the plants. Without the trees the water cycle would be ruined and then it will turn into a desert. If we keep buying wooden furniture that means more trees will be cut down. The climate will change by trees getting cut down. If the trees are getting cut down the temperature will change.
Such as 50% of all the plants and animals live in the rain forest. All the animals will have no home cause we are cutting down their trees. The animal species like snakes, monkeys, toucan, macaw, and the tree frog will go extinct. Every tree that goes down is another home that will die, and another animal with no home. With no plants animals will have no food.
Speaking about the mango, coconut, avocado, banana, lime, chocolate, and sugar cane that gets cut down the animals will not be able to eat. If we cut down trees their will be no chocolate and sugar. So we need to help save the trees and the rainforest.
In conclusion, don’t use furniture that is made of trees. Don’t take up more space so you could grow crops. Don’t waste a lot of paper instead recycle the paper that you don’t need or you don’t use. Plant trees so more could grow so the animals won’t go extinct. Donate money to the organization.
Sincerely, Oc Orozco
Why do we cut down the rain forest, farming, ranching? Yes those are both two reasons. Some other reasons are for highways, mining and also commercial logging. We need to drive but we need to live to drive and if we tear all the trees down we will not be living. If you didn’t know already trees produce oxygen which we need to live.
There are many ways destruction of the rainforest like extinction of species of plants and animals disrupts the circle of life. Also some tribes of native people are being displaced and losing there homes. If you remove all the trees the soil will become nutrient poor. Last but not least there is Erosion, without trees to hold the soil in place the soil washes away. Without the water cycle the land will turn into a desert.
50% of plant and animal species live in the rainforest. For instance monkeys, birds, jaguars, snakes and even bee’s. Bees help us in many ways like pollination, if we did not bees we would also not have flowers.
What will we lose if we lose the rainforests, we will lose like every thing that we use to make food with like, sugar, chocolate and black pepper just to name a few. Trees also produce oxygen which we need to live. They produce gum as well as ginger, coconut, medicine, coffee, and soap which are in most people’s everyday life.
In conclusion, we can save the rainforests by, ecotourism or establish national parks. Also we should not buy products that promote rainforest destruction. Let’s teach farmers how to plant trees were rain forest have been cut down. If we teach farmers this, it will help save rainforests by being able to plant more trees and maybe keep the soil in place.
Together we can save the rainforests, thank you for your time, Dominic Thornton.