Why Does the Rainforest Need Saving Anyway?
6 Facts about the Amazon Rainforest and super easy ways we can work together to keep our world a beautiful, breathing, planet.
Need a quick refresher of what the Amazon Rainforest is? This video takes you right in and also sprinkles in some fun facts while it’s at it. Enjoy and learn the one thing we can do to make the world a more peaceful place. (other than snacking on some Peaceful Fruits, of course)
Feeling all caught up? Good. Now let’s talk a little bit more about why the Rainforest needs saving.
What’s the one thing we can do to make the world a more peaceful place? Live sustainably!
But, what’s “sustainable,” exactly?
Fact #1.) The definition of the word “sustainable” is as follows: a method of using resources which doesn’t deplete them past their ability of renewal.
It seems complicated, but we promise it isn’t! Think of sustainability like renewable resources. Breathing oxygen while sitting in your house is a renewable resource because the amount of oxygen we breathe is able to be replenished through naturally occurring processes.
But if you are in space, oxygen is no longer a renewable resource. What you brought is what’ve you got!
The trees in the Amazon Rainforest measure up in a similar way. Rainforest trees take decades to grow. Cutting down a few can be ok, if you give the rainforest time to repair and replenish itself. Cutting these trees down by the hundreds of thousands at a time (to make room for corn-growing and soybean growing, which we’ll get into later), the little baby trees can’t keep up and we end up losing more than we gain. This is not sustainable. (Read more about our sustainable acai here!)
Fact #2.) Why are these trees so important anyway? They’re just trees.
Actually, they’re way more than just trees. Along to being homes to the most diverse (and largest) group of animals, they provide nutrients to the earth, and most importantly - they “eat” (for lack of a better term) carbon - you know the stuff you breathe out all day.
Here’s a video to make it easier to understand:
The short story is that too much carbon in the atmosphere causes temperatures to rise, ice to melt, and more devastating storms because of it. Trees eat all that carbon right up and release yummy oxygen for us! This is why you’ll hear Rainforests called the “Lungs of the Earth.”
Rainforests are some of the largest collections of trees in the world - it’s no wonder why folks are working so hard to make sure they’re well taken care of. Folks like us!
Fact # 3.) And folks like our new friends, Friends of the Rainforest. We’re very excited to introduce you to another company who is working hard to protect our land and has a story similar to Evan’s. It all started when Eha Kern fell in love with the Rainforest in 1987. Recognizing the need to keep it beautiful and robust, she and her students worked to create what is now known as the Children’s Eternal Rainforest. This is a piece of land that they own and a place where trees are not allowed to be cut down. Rachel & Dwight Crandell were inspired by this story and today the organization, Friends of the Rainforest works to educate and inspire people so they have a understanding of the amazing gifts the Rainforest provides and so that they will work to help protect the Rainforest too.
And now the moment we’ve all been waiting for: Super easy ways to take care of the Rainforest!
Fact #4.) Do we even have to say it? Buy Peaceful Fruits! As an added bonus, for the whole month of July, we’re donating 10% PER PINEAPPLE ORDER to our wonderful Friends of the Rainforest. Not only will you support wild acai farmers, but you’ll also get to support an organization that’s saved 55,600 acres of Rainforest and counting. Another win-win situation!
Fact #5.) Eat sustainable. Remember how we learned that Rainforest trees are cut down to make room for soy and corn? Save the Rainforest by not eating that soy and corn! Look for labels that say “Fair Trade” or “Fair for Life” or simply, “Non-GMO.”
Fact #6.) Share this blog-post! The best thing we can do is share what we’ve learned with others. Whether it’s through word of mouth, Facebook, or even Twitter. If you’re passionate, the best thing you can do is share that passion with anyone who will listen.
Thanks for taking the time to learn more about the Rainforest with us! Let us know if there’s anything else we can do!
Have a great day out there.
~the team at Peaceful Fruits