The Amazonian Rainforest Day, also known as Amazon Day, is celebrated yearly on September 5. Brazil commemorates the day with events to honor the immense biodiversity that exists in the region.
The Amazon Rainforest
The Amazon consists of 6.7 million square kilometers. Five million of the area are covered by forest, which is currently one of humanity’s most valuable natural heritages. This bio-geographic area encompasses more than 60% of Brazil’s total land surface, extends into eight South American nations and one overseas territory: Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Suriname, Venezuela, and French Guyana. The Amazon basin is home to an estimated 33 million people.
The Amazon rainforest contains more than half of the world’s remaining rainforests. This is the world’s biggest and most biodiverse tract of tropical rainforest, with an estimated 390 billion individual trees split into 16,000 species. This rainforest includes thousands of mammals, insects, birds and fish call home.
Fight for Amazon
Despite its incalculable environmental importance for the planet: as the home of an infinite number of animals, plants; as an important regulator of global climate patterns; and as a rich source of raw nutritional, medicinal, mineral, and other forest-based raw materials; the Amazon is under severe threat. Human activities such as logging, mining, infrastructure development, and the conversion of standing forest into pasture or agriculture pose a major danger to the Amazon.
With these serious threats, we need to take action to conserve the Amazon. In the coming of September 5, we hope you will do your bit for Amazon Day. Saving biodiversity!
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