In case you need a refresher, plants take in carbon dioxide and put out oxygen, so the fewer plants there are on the planet, the more the CO2 levels rise. Global rainforests produce between 20-30% of our oxygen. The tropical rainforest is the lungs of planet Earth. Keeping excessive carbon dioxide out of our atmosphere should be a priority. It is that simple.

The consequences of letting the level of carbon dioxide rise are catastrophic. When carbon dioxide is absorbed into the water, it causes acidification. This acidification slightly lowers the pH of the water, which renders it uninhabitable. The increased levels of carbon dioxide also cause acid rain, which destroys vegetation. Additionally, high levels of carbon dioxide have a negative impact on the health of humans, and pure carbon dioxide is classified as a poisonous gas.

A few causes of carbon dioxide emissions are burning fossil fuel, burning solid waste, and chemical reactions. Other sources can include cement production, soil decomposition, and volcanic eruptions. Taxing emissions and making businesses pay for the environmental cost of their operations is one solution. However, the best way to make sure that the world has enough clean air to breath is to preserve the tropical rainforest.

We need oxygen to live, and we need our rainforest to renew our oxygen supply. If planet Earth loses its lungs, carbon dioxide levels will rise, and the health of the planet will decline. The time has come for us to rebuild our relationship with nature and do everything we can to protect our natural resources. By cutting down the rainforest, we are cutting off our oxygen supply.

 

Sources and Statistics Cited
http://www.rain-tree.com/facts.htm#.V6GLD-lCgUs

http://www.worldwatch.org/air-pollution-now-threatening-health-worldwide

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/06/fish-failing-to-adapt-to-rising-carbon-dioxide-levels-in-ocean

http://www.normalbreathing.com/CO2.php