THE AMAZON RAINFOREST
“This is not about protecting the forest simply to please environmentalists. The living forest is essential for the survival of human civilization."
At Ad Vitam we have a special love and concern for the Amazon Rainforest, not only because it is the world’s largest tropical rainforest, famed for its biodiversity, but also because we understand the profound role it plays on our planet, especially in terms of environmental sustainability, rainfall and high carbon stocks.
Below is an excerpt of a report of the 2016 study by scientist Carlos Nobre, published in the scientific journal PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America), that makes it very clear why action for preservation has to be taken now.
"The Amazonian tropical forests have been disappearing at a fast rate in the last 50 years due to deforestation to open areas for agriculture, posing high risks of irreversible changes to biodiversity and ecosystems. Climate change poses additional risks to the stability of the forests. Studies suggest “tipping points” not to be transgressed: 4° C of global warming or 40% of total deforested area. The regional development debate has focused on attempting to reconcile maximizing conservation with intensification of traditional agriculture. Large reductions of deforestation in the last decade open up opportunities for an alternative model based on seeing the Amazon as a global public good of biological assets for the creation of high-value products and ecosystem services.”
"The prevailing model for rural development in the Amazon over the last half century—replacing forests with agriculture, cattle ranching, and large-scale hydropower generation—has long been outdated for a number of environmental, economic, and social reasons.”
"We argue therefore that there is a “Third Way” within reach that sees the Amazon as a global public good of biological assets and biomimetic designs that can enable the creation of innovative high-value products, services, and platforms for current and for entirely new markets."
We must recognize environmental limits, value the services that ecosystems provide and establish limits of living and natural systems to guarantee their resilience and health long-term. This is in turn becomes the basis for sustainable living on Earth.
Awareness is the first step and knowledge comes next. On this page you can find articles that outline the complexity of issues that need to be addressed and we also list organizations that you can support for solution-oriented efforts.
Team Ad Vitam