Scientific facts give credence to environmentalists’ protests against depleting rain forests and global warming; survival is a matter of working together.
Invaluable Medications Gone with the Rainforests
A very little known fact, but of significant importance, is that 25% of modern medicines come from different plant species growing specifically in rain forests. Yet, Western science has only analyzed less than one percent of all rainforest plants for medicinal compounds. That is an overwhelming amount of unexplored terrain going to waste.
These medicinal plants were first used as traditional remedies by indigenous tribes and perhaps the saddest aspect of this whole demolition is that the traditional knowledge from the indigenous tribes that could provide invaluable contributions to the modern medical field is also rapidly disappearing. We are swiftly losing the very knowledge that may someday provide needed cures or disease-resistant crops. The benefits of the rain forests to humankind are incalculable.
Greenhouse Gases – CO2 = Disasters
Another problem is the unnatural warming of the planet that is inevitable with the destruction of rainforests. Plants breathe CO2 when they mature in summer or spring and free it back to the environment when they decay and die in fall and winter. The combination of destroying the forests while, at the same time, giving the Industrial Revolution full, uncensored reign has caused a 32% increase in greenhouse gases since the mid-1700’s.
Some people scoff that the increase in greenhouse gases is “natural” and the earth survived them before. The truth, however, is that the difference in average global temperatures between modern times and the last ice age—when much of Canada and the northern U.S. were covered with thick ice sheets—was only about 9 degrees Fahrenheit.
So, it is very significant—especially since the unnatural warming will continue as long as we keep putting extra greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. The world has been knocked completely off balance and the greenhouse gases are only multiplying with each roar of an engine and sawed down a tree. This leads to more and more tremendous storms, droughts, erosion from higher sea levels, floods, etc, which we have already begun to witness. Scientists believe that, in the absence of effective measures to stop the greenhouse gases from building up, the earth’s temperature will rise over 11.5 degrees by the year 2100.
75 Million Flock to Midwest as Sea Levels Rise
If all this isn’t enough to convince you, think about what the sea levels are going to look like once they have risen the expected three meters from global warming. Scientists predict that much of the developed land on the east, west and south coast of the US will be underwater. That means Florida, New York, much of California and Texas are all going to be under water.
So, we just move inland, you say? That would mean about 75 million people (2009 statistics) would be flocking to the already cramped Midwest, where our major food sources are also supposed to come from. Now envision the U.S. with a little one or two-room shelter per family with little or no yard space, similar to China. That is pretty much how we would be living.
Believe Politicians or Scientists?
Many politicians try to convince people that global warming is not real despite the fact that 95% of the world’s most renowned scientists now agree that it is no longer an issue of is it or is it not, the real issue is how can we get the people together enough to do something about it? If a politician treats it like it doesn’t really matter so he/she can win votes, or he believes there are other things much more important, we should be very cautious about how much that politician really values our lives and the lives of our children and grandchildren. We need politicians who are willing to bring people together to solve this common problem, not divide us and pretend that it doesn’t exist.