Speech on the rain forest.

1444 Words Feb 6th, 2004 6 Pages
Attention Getter: The rainforest is one of the Earth's most valuable natural resources. At the current rate of destruction it could be completely wiped out in the next 40 years.

Audience Motivator: Every single day we are losing 137 plants, animal and insect species due to rainforest deforestation (Rainforest Facts). Landowners and governments of the rainforest today need to be given a good economic reason not to destroy the rainforest. We need to make an economy for the sustainable resources of the rainforest, not the cattle and logging operations.

Thesis Statement: Most people have no idea just how much the rainforest is affecting our lives. Many of our foods and medicines come directly from the rainforest. Even the oxygen we breathe
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Yet, fewer than 1% of tropical species have been thoroughly examined for their chemical compounds.

Many of the foods we eat today originated in the rainforests: avocado, banana, black pepper, brazilian nuts, cayenne pepper, chocolate/cocoa, fig, eggplant, etc. The wild strains still in the rainforests of many of these plants provide genetic materials essential to fortify our existing agricultural stock. Many other rainforests plants have great promise to become other staple foods.

Rainforests play a critical role in the atmosphere in part because they hold vast reserves of carbon in their vegetation. When rainforests are burned, or the trees are cut and left to decay, the carbon is released into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide. This is the second largest factor contributing to the greenhouse ffect.

Transition Statement: The rainforests are being destroyed every second. They are being cut down for short-term economic benefit. Once an area is destroyed, it can never again return to the amazing ecosystem that it once was. It takes millions of years to create, and seconds to destroy. People who live in the rainforest have to see the rainforest for more than just its trees. There is more money to be made in the sustainable natural resources that it holds, than its timber.

Third Main Point: Money makes the world go around. Land owners, governments and those living in the RF must be given a