1.) The rainforest covers only up to 2% of the Earth’s surface, but is home to 50% of the earth’s plants and animals.
2.) Rainforests can be found on every continent of the Earth, except Antarctica.
3.) Only 50% of the rainforest exist compared to the past.
4.) Every second, a slice of rainforest the size of a football field is mowed
down. That's 86,400 football fields of rainforest per day, or over 31 million
football fields of rainforest each year.
5.) Only 1% of the animals and plants species have been analysed for their medicinal value, although scientists have identified that 2000 plants species can cure cancer.
6.) Rainforests help to regulate the Earth’s temperature and weather pattern.
7.) A typical four square mile patch of rainforest contains as many as 1,500
flowering plants, 750 species of trees, 400 species of birds and 150 species of butterflies.
8.) 6 million square miles of rainforests used to exist, but due to deforestation, only 2.6 million square miles exist now.
9.) Rainforests provide many important products for people: timber, coffee, cocoa and many medicinal products, including those used in the treatment of cancer.
10.) Nearly half of the world's species of plants, animals and microorganisms will be destroyed or severely threatened over the next quarter century due to rainforest deforestation.
11.) Rainforests are being destroyed because the value of rainforest land is perceived as only the value of its timber by short-sighted governments, multi-national logging companies, and land owners