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Amazon Jungle Conservation

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THE STORY:

The Amazon rainforest is home to more than half of the world's 10 million species of plants, animals and insects, and one-fifth of the world’s fresh water. More than 20 per cent of the world’s oxygen is produced here and the “Lungs of our Planet” provide an essential service to all life on earth.

Today, the Amazon faces deforestation at an alarming rate. If this trend continues it could be wiped out by the end of this century. We are losing 137 plant, animal and insect species everyday due to deforestation; that equates to 50,000 species a year! Five centuries ago there were an estimated ten million Indians living in the Amazonian Rainforest, today there are less than 200,000.

This is not an isolated tragedy affecting only a few, but an on-going systematic ecocide of one of the earth’s most vital and mysterious life support systems. What has taken millions of years of creative evolution is being wiped out within our lifetimes, we must act now!

I will work with local farmers to improve the efficiency of their land and create sustainable practices that offer an alternative to slash-and-burn methods and illegal logging. Through this crees is raising nutritional and livelihood standards for poor and isolated communities. crees also empowers local people through a range of educational activities that inspire children to become environmentally engaged and creates an opportunity from cross cultural learning.

At crees I will conduct scientific research in partnership with leading international universities, establishing the Manu Learning Centre as a research centre in ecological diversity. In doing so we hope to protect the region from exploitation and act as a testament to what human endeavour can accomplish when mobilised with the right values. Through education and engagement we are building a sustainable future for the Amazon.

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