Every second a slice of rainforest the size of a football field is mowed down.
More than 56,000 square miles of rainforests are lost each year. The rainforests, which cover less that 2 percent of the Earth's total surface area, are home to 50 percent of the Earth's animals.
Temperate rainforests used to exist on almost every continent in the world. Now only 50 percent (75 million acres) of these forests remain worldwide. Rainforests are needed as part of our global environment and well-being. Rainforests act as the world's thermostat by regulating temperatures and weather patterns. Rainforests are critical in maintaining the Earth's limited supply of drinking and fresh water. One-fifth of the world's fresh water is found in the Amazon Basin.
The rainforests and the destruction of them should be a concern to every citizen of the planet.