We Could See This Country’s Entire Rainforest Disappear in Our Lifetime

  • by: Care2 Team
  • recipient: The Government of Madagascar
2070 is a mere 50 years away. But a new report from Nature Climate Change found that the cumulative effects of global warming and deforestation within that time will be enough to eliminate 100% of Madagascar's rainforest. Every last inch of the island country's rainforest will be gone. Many folks alive today would see this heartbreaking eventuality happen in their lifetime.

Sign the petition today and urge the Government of Madagascar to take the strictest possible measures to protect its rainforests!

While Madagascar alone is not responsible for human-induced climate change, its government can certainly take action against the potential massive loss of plant and animal life from deforestation. Contributing researchers to the shocking study suggest that "protected areas will help to mitigate this devastation while environmentalists work toward long-term solutions for ending runaway greenhouse gas emissions and resulting climate change."

To make the situation even more alarming, 80-90% of animal and plant species in Madagascar exist in its rainforest. If we fail to save this habitat, there will be a subsequent massive, irreversible loss of diversity and life.

Of Madagascar's 101 different lemur species, only 5% are not are not at risk of extinction in the near future. The ruffed lemur, described as a "cornerstone species" because of the critical role they play in bolstering the survival of other animals and plants, is critically endangered.

As daunting as this may seem, we must use this study as an incentive. Please sign the petition and make the Government of Madagascar hear us - they must impose strict deforestation protections on their rainforest before it's too late!
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