Short Documentary About Investment in Amazon Rainforest Protection Efforts
The earth’s rainforests are critical to the planet’s health. They clean the air, cool the planet and provide habitat for thousands of species of flora and fauna. These ecosystems benefit humans as well; they currently provide sources for one-fourth of today’s medicines, and 70 percent of the plants found to have anti-cancer properties are found only in the rainforest. The rainforest and its immense undiscovered biodiversity hold the key to unlocking tomorrow’s cures for devastating diseases.
And yet, one and one-half acres of rainforest are lost every second with tragic consequences for both developing and industrial countries. Experts estimate that the last remaining rainforests could be consumed in less than 40 years. It is estimated that we are losing 137 plant and animal species every single day… 50,000 species a year. Nearly half of the world’s species of plants, animals and microorganisms will be destroyed or severely threatened over the next quarter century due to rainforest deforestation.
The Global Environmental Fund wants to change that. GEF is investing in projects to help protect the Amazon Rainforest ecosystems to the benefit of local communities and the entire planet. Arrowhead Films traveled to remote areas of this vibrant, critical, and – yes, rainy – region to film this documentary short that captures the splendor of the Amazon Rainforest, and the efforts being made to protect it. The program was screened for a global environmental conference to help bring attention and support to these initiatives.