As some of you might now, I’m since January a graduated International Social Worker. I’m very proud of my profession, and today is the international celebration of it and what we do, with this years theme: ‘Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability’
So on behalf of this day with this theme, I wanted to share some facts about the Amazon and the environment. Hope you find it useful!
Did you know?
- 70% of the amazon is located in Brazil.
- 1/5th of the original rainforest is already gone, the main reason being humans.
- More than 20% of the world’s oxygen is produced by the Amazon. This area is therefore sometimes referred to as ‘the lungs of the Earth’.
- Deforestation is when the rainforest is bruned down in order to create new farm land and/or to export ‘luxurious’ woods.
- Brazil is the largest exporter of beef in the world. The main reason to why the rainforest is cut down is for meat production. About 80% of the deforested rainforest is used for livestock breeding.
- The rainforest is very carbon rich, so when its burned down large amounts of carbon dioxide is released. 25 times more than when produced in other parts of Brazil, a devastating effect for the sustainability of the enviornment!
- There are thousands of species that only exist in the brasilian Amazon. During the years 2010-2013 over 440 new species were discovered only in this area.
- here are about 240 tribes living in Brazil today, totaling around 900,000 people, or 0.4% of Brazil’s population. Not all of them live in recognized territories which have a direct impact on the livelihoods and quality of life of communities.
- Ongoing illegal invasions of indigenous lands is a big problem, where people are killed every day. Indigenous people are many times persuaded to sell off their lands in exchange of a very small amount of money and benefits.