Brazil is historically known for its insane rate of deforestation and in 2005 ranked first for the amount of forests removed annually.
Shockingly, over 270,000 square miles of rainforest have disappeared in just the past few decades. To put that into perspective, in less than 6 years Brazil deforested an area bigger than Greece. The World Wide Fund for Nature, in their annual Living Planet Report, confirmed Brazil is being destroyed at an “alarming” rate.
And in November of 2018, Brazil’s government confirmed the worst: deforestation figures are at their highest in over a decade.
They have risen over 13% since last year.
Furthermore, illegal logging and agriculture are pushing deforestation rates higher and higher.
Deforestation is particularly damaging in Brazil where Amazon rainforests are located. Scientists label these forests as “carbon sinks” for their ability to absorb large amounts of harmful emissions. There are only a few areas on the planet like this where global warming gases can be absorbed—making them absolutely crucial to maintain before they go extinct.
Furthermore, the jungle environment is rich in biodiversity and contains countless species, many of which have not yet been discovered yet. Scientists estimate the number of unknown species to be in the billions.
Only by combating the widespread deforestation in Brazil can we combat the terrible environmental effect from the loss of millions of trees. Unlike other areas we plant, Brazil is in the heart of the Amazon jungle. Once endemic species there go extinct, there is no going back—they’re gone forever.
8 Billion Trees is partnered with ForestNation to carry out our planting project in Brazil.