Truths Vs. Myths Regarding the Amazon Rainforest
In setting my newest novel largely in the Amazon Rainforest, I had to do a lot of research. It helped tremendously that I’ve actually been there – walking through the jungles, jumping into cenotes, sitting beneath waterfalls – but still, I needed that authenticity not only for atmosphere, but a few character motivations. Books, newspaper articles, and tons of research pulled online, led to a folder of several hundred pages.
And yes, that’s longer than my novel.
There are a lot of misconceptions and misunderstandings when it comes to the Rainforest, so I thought I’d point out a few of the largest myths about the Amazon Rainforest. Here goes …
Truths Vs. Myths About the Amazon Rainforest:
1) Most of the deforestation in the Amazon is from logging.
2) The Amazon Rainforest is the largest rainforest in the world.
TRUE: The Amazon Basin encompasses over three million square miles and is located within nine separate countries! 60% of the Rainforest is in Brazil, but parts of it extend into Peru, Venezuela, Columbia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana. To put it in perspective, it’s large enough to cover the entire 48 contiguous states.
3) Indigenous tribes no longer exist in the Amazon.
4) The Amazon is a pharmaceutical companies playground.
5) The rate of deforestation in the Amazon continues to increase.
There really is so much to be studied and appreciated about this amazing part of our world. While I am not what you might consider a “tree-hugger,” the more you study, the more you realize we are on an unsustainable path and changes need to occur now, before it’s too late.
The World Wildlife Organization is doing some amazing things to work towards a sustainable future. Check out their website here: http://www.worldwildlife.org and if you feel so inclined, its worth opening your wallet.
In order to put my wallet where my mouth is, I’ve decided to donate 100% of the earnings from my novel, The Creation, to the World Wildlife Organization. We’ve got to start somewhere. Might as well start together.
For a quick intro to more facts and the world of the Amazon, check out this video below. But fair warning, turn your speakers OFF first. Unless you want to experience the true horrors of the Amazon…