Deforestation Facts

  • Rainforests once covered 14% of the earth’s land surface; now they cover a mere 6% and experts estimate that the last remaining rainforests could be consumed in less than 40 years.
  • One and one-half acres of rainforest are lost every second
  • The rainforest is home of approximately 40% of the world’s species – it is estimated that 137 plant, animal and insect species are lost every single day due to rainforest deforestation. That equates to 50,000 species a year
  • Rainforests currently provide sources for one-fourth of today’s medicines, and 70 percent of the plants found to have anticancer properties are found only in the rainforest.