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This we know- the earth does not belong to man man belongs to the earth All things are connected like the blood which unites one family Man did not weave the web of life he is merely a strand in it Whatever he does to the web he does to himself Chief Sealth of the Duwamish Tribe Nations108 Rainforests are some of the most valuable resources we have yet they are being destroyed in massive proportions Many medicines foods natural insecticides and oil producing trees are found in the rainforest Nations 92 The rainforest also holds endless possibilities for useful undiscovered resources These could include cures for disease and new food crops that will be wiped out before they are found because of the destruction of the rainforestsNations 93 The rainforest is also home to millions of species of animals plants and insects as wellAllin 1 It is estimated that five out of six rainforest species have never been seen Nations 92 This adds up to millions of organisms that have never before been encountered This demonstrates that more species live in the rainforest than any other ecosystem on earth and we are obliterating their only habitat Nations 91 The rainforest is also a big producer of the worlds oxygen supply Mercer Green 4 When we destroy the rainforest we are destroying our own oxygen supply This essay will explain the causes for rainforest destruction in Central and South America only Massive destruction of our precious rainforests is caused by logging colonization due to over-population and cattle ranching Nations 93 The first major cause of mass destruction in the rainforest is logging There can be as many as 200 different species of trees on one acre of land Allin 1 This high number of different species of trees means there is only a few commercially valuable trees per acreNations 99 Trees considered commercially valuable are mahogany and tropical cedar Nations 99 These trees
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