Parrots are Native to the World’s Most Deforested Areas
Every second, a slice of rainforest the size of a football field is mowed down1.
Agricultural commodities such as soy, timber, palm oil, and pasture land are the most significant threats to forests.
Rainforests are home to more than half of the world’s animals. Because parrots are able to fly great distances, they need more area than any other animal to forage for food and nest. As a result, protecting parrots means conserving big habitats with lots of biodiversity. This makes them an important “umbrella species”: the conservation of a parrot’s habitat covers all other wildlife in the forest, including monkeys, big cats, frogs, insects, and snakes.
Deforestation has dangerous implications for humans, too. Forest loss accounts for 20% of carbon emissions; that’s more than all the world’s cars, planes, trains, and ships combined4. Trees are natural consumers of carbon dioxide, and the destruction of trees pumps methane into the atmosphere. Climate change is a direct result of the increase in these greenhouse gases. We can all do our part by reducing our individual carbon footprint and boycotting products that destroy our forests.
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Wageningen University and Research Centre. “Agriculture is the direct driver for worldwide deforestation.” ScienceDaily. 25 September 2012. Web. 2 May 2014. ↩
“Forest Holocaust”. National Geographic. Web. 2 May 2014. ↩
“Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+)”. WWF. Web. 2 May 2014 ↩