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The Ultimate Save the Rainforest Quiz
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About This Quiz
Everyone is talking green these days, but do you know that we also have to take extra steps to help save the worlds rainforests? Developing countries that are anxious to produce cash crops are rapidly destroying valuable rainforests. The world’s rainforests help sustain our delicate ecological balance and we will be in big trouble if we do not preserve them. Take this quiz now to learn how to help save the rainforests.
What is the significance of rainforests to the rest of the Earth?
Rainforests act as the lungs of our world; they absorb pollution and create oxygen to help sustain our planet. The world’s rainforests also help to stabilize climate and to moderate our weather.
How quickly can a rain forest regenerate to its former diversity after it has been logged?
A recent study focusing on the Brazilian Atlantic rainforest found that certain aspects could return surprisingly quickly -- within 65 years. However, for the landscape to regain its native identity would take up to 4,000 years.
Deforestation of the rainforests is a chronic problem; but with so many rainforests in the world, will it really make a difference to us?
According to Leslie Taylor in a book published in 2004, at the rate rainforests are currently being cut down, humans could see the end to our world’s rainforests in our lifetime. This is a scary proposition that we must collectively do whatever we can to reverse the trend.
What technique employed by loggers is detrimental to rainforest sustainability?
Harvesting forests for hardwood or in preparation for agriculture employs a method called slash and burn, whereby any branches of wood or undergrowth not harvested is burned. Nothing is left to sustain life or to encourage new growth.
Since most rainforests are in developing countries, what can consumers do to bring about change when the rainforests are not located in their own countries?
Consumers in the United States and other developed countries must put pressure on companies to use sustainable practices and reward companies or businesses that make ethical decisions. When timber is harvested with sustainability in mind, both companies and the rainforest are winners.
How much rainforest is actually cut down?
The equivalent of one acre of rainforest is cut down every two seconds around the world. This is an astonishing amount of rainforest that is most likely lost forever and the devastation is already having a negative impact on our environment.
A rainforest plant is the source one of the world’s most powerful anticancer drugs, what plant is the drug Vincristine made with?
Periwinkle grows naturally in the rainforest; it is harvested in the springtime and the powerful anticancer drug Vincristine is derived from this plant. This drug has dramatically increased survival rates from acute lymphocytic leukemia.
What percentage of plants named by the National Cancer Institute for their property to help protect against cancer come from rainforests?
The National Cancer Institute has named many plants that protect against cancer, and 70 percent of these are found in the rainforest. There are active ingredients in hundreds of disease fighting drugs that originate from plants found in rainforests.
What is something about most rainforests that is hard for the average person to conceive?
In the world’s rainforests, there are phenomenal amounts of unexplored area where no human has ever set foot. There are also undiscovered indigenous peoples that remain untouched by civilization living their traditional lives in rainforests.
What database contains volumes of information about the plants we should use to heal and enrich lives?
Medicine men that take care of indigenous people in the rainforest carry a wealth of knowledge about plants that heal and enrich our lives. The ancient wisdom of the rainforests' indigenous people and their healers should be respected by all.
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