Rainforests are known as the lungs of the earth. They help to maintain the ecological balance, thereby helping to sustain life on the earth. Rainforests are the home to a variety of plant and animal species. The trees in the rainforests possess medicinal properties, which help in the making of many modern drugs today. It is very important to protect the rainforests.
Given below are a few simple things that can be done to take care of the forests.
- Avoiding palm oil
Palm oil is one of the most commonly used oil across the globe. To extract more and more palm oil, the palm oil plantations have been expanded which has led to thewidespreadclearing of rainforests. This, in turn, has also led to many endangered species of both plants and animals. Beginning to avoid the palm oil and consuming vegetables, nuts, and fruits, etc. is a good idea.
- Avoiding wood products
The state of the rainforests is very delicate. Many species of plants and animals are endangered due to the destruction of the forests. Yet, the trees are cut down to build furniture, guitars or other wood products. You should avoid products made of rosewood, mahogany, etc. Opting for products that are made from maple woods or black cherry is a good way to help conserve rainforests.
- Avoiding paper products
Trees are cut down for manufacturing paper products like notebooks, toilet paper, printer paper, etc. The paper products indirectly are responsible for the destruction of rainforests. You should start using recyclable or reusable materials. Even if you are using products made out of paper, be careful to select the products that are made out of recycled materials.
- Purchasing sustainable coffee
The coffee farms have also led to theclearing of large areas of rainforests like the palm plantations. You should opt for coffee that was produced sustainably and there is no destruction of rainforests associated with it.
- Reducing the use of petroleum
The oil companies extract oil from the land that has been cleared by destroying the rainforests. In fact, almost 70% of the Amazon, has been purchased by oil companies. If you stop purchasing petroleum products, the company lose their supports as well as the demand for these products decrease, which in turn help in saving the rainforests.
- Eating organic food
Using pesticides has led to a widespread destruction of the ecosystem of the rainforests. You can help in saving the destruction of the rainforests, and thereby the ecosystems by consuming organic fruits and vegetables. In this way, you are also indirectly supporting, sustainable methods of farming.
- Donating money to organizations
There are a number of organizations that are working to protect the rainforests from being further destroyed. You can contribute a meager amount to these organizations to help them work even better. Remember, the money you are donating is for a very good cause, because protecting the rainforests means, protecting the whole world’s ecological balance.
If you can take care of the tips given above, you can do a lot to save the rainforests from being destroyed.