Amazon Rainforest burns

Presley Zadorozny, Leopard Life Staff Writer

The Amazon Rainforest in Brazil has been burning for the past month. Many suggest that the cause of the fires may not be natural, but others blame it on the dry season. A variety of trees and many creatures have perished because of the tremendous fire.

“Amazon Rainforest has lots of endangered species. So if it continues to burn, those animals will go extinct,” said Tiernan Miller, 7. 

In the Amazon Rainforest, there are over 10 million species of animals. In fact, some of the world’s rarest animals inhabit the rainforest including the golden lion tamarin, Amazonian manatee, and jaguars. With a lack of food, water, and a home, these animals could be gone within decades. 

“It’s very upsetting to see the earth die,” said Knox Tokarz, 7.

A lot of resources specifically come from the rainforest. For example, aspirin, a medicine used for pain relief, comes from a type of tree bark called willow bark. It also gives us medicine that helps us treat deadly diseases like malaria. Also, some of the air we breathe comes from the rainforest, and it produces 20% of the earth’s oxygen. 

 “We get so much food from the rainforest. Not having it would affect us greatly,” said Campbell Lester, 7. 

We also have lost a variety of food. Fruits like mangos, coconuts, pineapples, and lemons as well as vegetables like corn, potatoes, and rice grow in the rainforest. Spices like chocolate, black pepper, ginger, sugar cane, and cinnamon also grow in the rainforest.  

“I think the saddest part about the Amazon burning is all the trees and habitats that are destroyed because it isn’t easy to replace them,” said Kay Bordelon, counselor. 

  Worldwide, many hope to fix this tragedy.