The United Nations states that:
- Around 1.6 billion people depend on forests for their livelihood. This includes some 70 million indigenous people
- Forests are home to more than 80 per cent of all terrestrial species of animals, plants and insects
- Of the 8,300 animal breeds known, 8 per cent are extinct and 22 per cent are at risk of extinction
- Of the over 80,000 tree species, less than 1 per cent have been studied for potential use
Forests cover nearly a third of the planets land area. Forests are central to all aspects of our lives, from the air we breath to the food we eat. Millions of people depend on forests for their livelihoods. They are home to 80% of the worlds terrestrial species, but of the 8,300 species known 8 per cent are extinct and 22 % are at risk of extinction. Deforestation for agriculture, illegal poaching and logging all threaten the world’s forests. We need to fight for these precious natural resources, and here’s how!
A lot of you will have worked on environmental projects during expedition. Whether you were in Danum Valley or Coupe 1, TRCRC or Imbak, Maliau Basin or Taliwas, we want to hear your stories. Post an image of your time in these incredible places along with something you learnt about the rainforest during your time there. Let’s make a stand to protect these incredible places!
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