Rain forests need TLC
Rain forests need careful management so that future generations will be able to enjoy their wonder and beauty.
Leaves and twigs, called ‘litter’, fall onto the forest floor. This litter decomposes in the damp and shady conditions, giving life back to the soil; a natural fertiliser. This in turn retains the moisture so vitally important to this amazing ecosystem.
When these forests are destroyed, precious ecosystems and habitats disappear, putting the existence of the animals dependent on them at risk.
Trees in Africa are disappearing at an alarming rate. They are chopped down to make hardwood flooring, furniture and carvings; for firewood and are burnt to make charcoal.
A Greenpeace investigation revealed how the demand for pig iron by some large multinational car companies encourages environmental destruction, using slave labour which sparks land conflict with indigenous people. Hundreds of thousands of trees are felled to feed this monster industry and these companies are a major contributor to the destruction of the Amazon.