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Rainforests How many rainforests can you name? © Greg Armfield / WWF UK
The Amazon rainforest is the biggest rainforest in the world. © ZIG KOCH / WWF-UK
The Amazon It spans eight countries (and one overseas territory) in South America including Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Venezuela. © Greg Armfield / WWF UK
The Amazon One in ten of the known species on Earth can be found in the Amazon. © ZIG KOCH / WWF-UK
The Amazon This includes more than 3, 000 different species of freshwater fish…
The Amazon Over 700 species of reptiles… © ANDRÉ / BÄRTSCHI / WWF-CANON
The Amazon And over 40, 000 species of plant. © GREG ARMFIELD / WWF UK
The Amazon Some of the species which are found in the Amazon can’t be found anywhere else in the world. For example the pink river dolphin… © NATUREPL. COM/LUIZ CLAUDIO MARIGO / WWF
The Amazon The pirarucu…
The Amazon And the black spider monkey.
The Amazon is a unique and important ecosystem but it faces serious threats. © ROGER LEGUEN / WWF-CANON
The Amazon An area of rainforest the size of three football pitches is cleared every 60 seconds.
The Amazon About 20 percent of the rainforest has already been lost to deforestation. © GREG ARMFIELD / WWF-UK
The Amazon Forest is cleared in order to make space for cattle ranches…
The Amazon To mine for gold and oil. . . © RYAN M. BOLTON / SHUTTERSTOCK. COM
The Amazon To cut down timber for paper and furniture…
The Amazon And to develop roads and dams which are used to create electricity. © GREG ARMFIELD / WWF UK
The Amazon As one of the largest forests in the world, the Amazon is crucial to maintaining the health of the planet. © Zig Koch / WWF-UK
The Amazon The trees in the Amazon absorb and store huge amounts of carbon dioxide, which, if released can accelerate climate change. © GREG ARMFIELD / WWF UK
The Amazon The huge numbers of different species which rely on the forest are also put in danger by its destruction. Many have already become extinct. © Zig Koch / WWF-UK
As part of I Love Amazon Schools we will be learning more about the amazing Amazon and the animals and people that live there.
I Love Amazon Schools is part of a programme set up by Sky and WWF which aims to help save 1 billion trees in Acre state in north-west Brazil. © PER ANDERS PETTERSSON / WWF-UK
They will be helping local people to make a fair living from the rainforest without cutting down the trees. © Simon Rawles / WWF-UK
This includes educating farmers so they can produce more from their land, helping to make sustainable products more profitable and working with governments to introduce laws which protect the forest. © SARAH HUTCHISON / WWF-UK
But there is also lots that we can do to help protect the Amazon.
Make sure that any furniture or paper used at home is FSC certified. This means that it has been taken from sustainable, well managed sources.
Recycle, reuse and reduce. Nearly all the gadgets we use contain copper, gold and other minerals which are mined from tropical rainforests. Mining can cause pollution and health problems for people living in the rainforest.
Recycle, reuse and reduce. Protect the rainforest by upgrading your gadgets less often, buying used products when you can and recycling any gadgets when they are broken.
Climate change is a huge threat to rainforests and could reach the stage where forests start to dry up and die. Cut your carbon footprint by saving energy and thinking about how you travel.
Think about the food that we buy. Talk to your parents about buying food that carries Fairtrade or Rainforest Alliance symbols which guarantees good working conditions and environmental standards.
And finally, remind yourself of why we love nature by getting out into your local park or woodland enjoying the natural beauty on your doorstep!