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Poverty, Poor Health, Environmental Destruction
Rain forests are being lost at a rapid rate. Forests regulate air, water, climate, and even disease. When the rain forest suffers, so do we. But for many people, exploiting natural resources, like cutting down trees to sell, is the only way to afford health care and support their families. When we suffer, so does the rain forest.
Many families are forced to make the impossible choice between short-term survival and future well-being. But their choices impact ecosystems all over the world - and therefore our Earth's climate - so these choices impact us all.