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Wonderful Rainforest

Monday 22nd June 2020

Today is World Rainforest Day. 

Rainforests are vital for the survival of life on Earth. We depend on the Amazon rainforest alone for 20% of the oxygen we breathe and the freshwater we drink.  They absorb our carbon dioxide, stabilise climate patterns, and are home to half the world’s plant and animal species.

Yet every minute, we lose 40 football fields of rainforests, which threatens our biodiversity and imperils our planet’s health. Deforestation causes 15% of global carbon dioxide emissions that accelerate climate change—more than from all cars in the U.S. and China combined.

I would like you to research rainforests. What facts can you tell me? What animals live in rainforests? What could you do to help spread awareness? 

  • Hedgehog Holly 4 years ago
    Hi Mr Ralph, I have learnt that Rainforests cover 6% of the world, they between 250-450cm of rain every year and a raindrop takes 10 minutes to get from the top of a tree to the floor. Sloths live in rainforests and they carry beetles and other insects around in their fur. Rainforest plants are important because they provide medicines for us. From Holly
  • Hedgehog Ethan 4 years ago
    Hi Mr Ralph, did you know a rainforest is my favourite biome and it can grow as tall as 200 feet? It can take ten minutes for a falling raindrop to travel from a rainforest’s thick canopy to the floor! The Amazon rainforest in South America is so big that if it were a country, it would be the ninth biggest in the world! Did you like my F1 top trumps? Stay safe, Ethan. PS. Peg is my family nickname.
  • Mr Ralph 4 years ago
    Hi Holly, that is a massive amount of the world and ALOT of rain I don't think I would like it that much. I do like sloths it would be really interesting to see one in real life. I really enjoyed your facts thankyou Holly, from Mr Ralph.
  • Mr Ralph 4 years ago
    Hi Ethan, I didn't realised how tall they could grow that is an impressive size. I like that fact about the raindrop it must be so dense you wouldn't need a umbrella if you were running through. Wow the 9th biggest!! Have a good day Ethan. I like the nickname. From Mr Ralph

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