From: Victoria Feyen
Grade 7, Winona Middle School
More people from Minnesota should be aware of what is happening to our world and that even though it is miles away, it can still affect us. According to www.rain-tree.com/facts.htm we cut down 1-1/2 acres of rainforest every second. Trees make oxygen. We need oxygen to live. Why would we continue on the trend of the last 50 years and destroy something essential to not just our life but millions of other species. More than 1/2 of all life on the planet lives in the rainforest. Many of our medicines also come from the rainforest. If we cut it down, we have enough room for houses and buildings sure, but what about the cures for many illnesses? Mother Earth gives us shelter, food, water, and air. I think we should give something back.