The 55 million-year-old Amazon rainforest is vital to the planet's wellbeing. Here's our bit to spark knowledge and #SparkAwareness:
1. The Brazilian Amazon is home to 1 million indigenous people and 3 million species.
2. The amazon captures around 2.2 billion tons of the earth’s carbon dioxide (that’s equal to 430 million cars driven yearly).
3. If the rainforest disappeared, it would cause islands like Hawaii to sink and it would cause drought in some parts of the world.
4. According To the INPE, there have been 74,000 fires in Brazil this year. Half of the fires were in the Amazon region. That is an 84 per cent increase compared with the same period last year.
5. Scientists and conservationists blame the Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, who allowed loggers and farmers to clear the land. This caused an increase in deforestation, leaving less trees to absorb the growing amount of carbon dioxide.