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Amazon deforestation presentation

  1. 1. Deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest By: Cristina Helmes
  2. 2. What is Deforestation? <ul><li>Deforestation is the process of cutting down, damaging and burning a rainforest. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Background <ul><li>The Amazon rainforest is a tropical rainforest located in Brazil </li></ul><ul><li>It is the largest rainforest in the world-1.4 billion acres </li></ul><ul><li>Home to many animals and plants </li></ul><ul><li>Deforestation is an issue occurring in the Amazon rainforest right now </li></ul>
  4. 4. More Background <ul><li>Between May 2000 and August 2006, Brazil lost nearly 150,000 square kilometers of forest </li></ul><ul><li>Since 1970, over 600,000 square kilometers of Amazon rainforest have been destroyed </li></ul>
  5. 6. Economic Causes <ul><li>Cattle ranching </li></ul><ul><li>Logging </li></ul><ul><li>Currency Devaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Agriculture </li></ul><ul><li>Fires </li></ul><ul><li>Mining </li></ul>
  6. 7. Economic Effects <ul><li>Rainforest is cleared out in order to raise cattle to produce beef </li></ul><ul><li>Trees are being cut down to sell as timber </li></ul><ul><li>New roads are built in place of the rainforest </li></ul><ul><li>The rainforest is losing its ability to stay green due to fires </li></ul><ul><li>Many different species of animals are losing their habitats- can lead to extinction </li></ul><ul><li>Plants are being killed </li></ul>
  7. 8. More Economic Effects <ul><li>Farmers are expanding their pasture areas by clearing out parts of the rainforest </li></ul><ul><li>Soy bean farms are created </li></ul>
  8. 9. Social Causes <ul><li>Dams </li></ul><ul><li>Wildfires </li></ul><ul><li>Poor migrants </li></ul><ul><li>Ex: the Balbina dam </li></ul>
  9. 10. Social Effects <ul><li>The flooding of dams destroys the rainforest </li></ul><ul><li>Wildfires destroy the rainforest </li></ul><ul><li>Migrants clear the land in order to claim land for themselves </li></ul>
  10. 11. Political Causes <ul><li>Some government agencies continue to plan and build roads </li></ul><ul><li>Some government incentive programs promote agriculture </li></ul>
  11. 12. Political Effects <ul><li>Deforestation increases because the government is not fully caring about the harms it causes </li></ul>
  12. 14. Solution #1 <ul><li>Law Enforcement: The government could make a law stating that a person is not allowed to cut down trees around the rainforest area, and if that person does, they will receive a fine. </li></ul><ul><li>Positives: This would help preserve the environment </li></ul><ul><li>Negatives: This would hurt the economy </li></ul>
  13. 15. Solution #2 <ul><li>Government mandated school programs in the region to create further awareness. </li></ul><ul><li>Positives: This will raise awareness to more people, and help prevent further destruction of the rainforest in the future. </li></ul><ul><li>Negatives: This may not decrease the problem of deforestation directly. </li></ul>
  14. 16. Which Solution is More Effective? <ul><li>Solution #1 because something can directly be done in order to decrease deforestation. </li></ul>
  15. 17. Personal Involvement
  16. 18. Video <ul><li> </li></ul>