What’s the number? Look at the following numbers and decide which statistic they are linked to on your worksheet…
6.7 million What’s the number? 3 million 1 billion 1.38 million 3 40,
What’s the number? 80 per cent of deforestation/forest loss is caused by cattle ranching? 1.38 square kilometres of Amazon rainforest have been cut down since An area of Amazon rainforest the size of 3 football pitches is cut down every minute. Sky and WWF are trying to protect 1 billion through the Sky Rainforest Rescue campaign.
What’s the number? One in 10 of the world’s species can be found in the Amazon rainforest. The Amazon rainforest covers 6.7 million square kilometres. 40,000 plant species have been discovered in the rainforest. 3 million indigenous people living in the Amazon rainforest.
Rescuing the rainforest One of the most serious problems facing the Amazon rainforest is the destruction of its trees. This is called deforestation and it can add to climate change. It also destroys the homes of many animals so can lead to them becoming extinct.
Rescuing the rainforest The trees and plants of the Amazon hold many nutrients. Farmers cut and burn forest to grow crops. But without the trees, the soil in the Amazon quickly becomes poor. The farmers burn more forest so that they have fresh, fertile land to farm.
Rescuing the rainforest Sky and WWF are helping farmers to plan how they use their lands so they can improve the soil, grow more food and make more money without clearing forests for new land.