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A Forest in Flames

Today’s blog is written by Jocelyn G., a Drummer’s alumni. She addresses a pressing concern about our environment – the ongoing forest fires in the Amazon rainforest – and the ecological consequences of these forests being on fire.

Today’s blog is written by Jocelyn G., a Drummer’s alumni. She addresses a pressing concern about our environment – the ongoing forest fires in the Amazon rainforest – and the ecological consequences of these forests being on fire.

In honor of global action for the amazon rainforest day, I thought I would write to share what sort of thing is going on in the amazon rainforest and what will happen if it continues to burn. In my science class today we have a very interesting discussion about this topic and it taught me a lot of what is going on.

Here is a picture from above of the amazon rainforest fire.

There is a major concern to what kind of environment will be left after the fires have passed through an area of the rainforest. What is likely to happen is that the rainforest will become a dessert. How does this happen? Well because of limited tree cover the sun will be directly beating down on the land drying it out. Turing what was the wettest part of the earth to a very dry environment. This is not a good thing because one fifth of the earth’s freshwater comes from the amazon rainforest. Also the amazon rainforest produces 20% of the earth’s oxygen. This is not only affecting the animals in the amazon rainforest, but it’s affecting everyone on this planet, including you!

Now what does all of this mean for the wildlife living in the amazon rainforest? To start off you should know that the amazon rainforest is home to around 10% of the world’s known species. In the short term many animals are dying from the flames of the fire and also from smoke inhalation. While some faster animals like cheetahs and lions may be able to escape the flames of the fire there are many animals that will not be able to escape like sloths or things living in smaller bodies of water within the amazon rainforest. There is also a drastic long term effect on the animals that dwell in the amazon rainforest. Many of these animals will not be able to thrive in a dry environment, this could cause a major drop in numbers of the population of many species, some of which might be already endangered.

I hope this taught you something or even made you aware of what is happening. Please continue to share what you have learned about this topic in school or online. Bringing awareness to the issue can spark change and help save the amazon rainforest!

**All photos in this blog were sourced from the Creative Commons.

1st Photo can be found by clicking here. Second photo can be found by clicking here.