Preserving the Rainforest

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Description: People came out of the African forest, and continue to live in equilibrium with the tropical forest in Africa, Brazil, and elsewhere - hunting, fishing, and collecting plants. Trouble only begins when they begin to cultivate plants in the forest, cutting down trees, and burning brush; the soil is soon exhausted, and the would-be farmers move elsewhere long as this is done on a small scale, nature can heal the damage, as happened among the Maya of the Yucatan Peninsula. But, population growth, combined with greed and technological efficiency, has long since out-stripped the ability of the forest to regenerate itself and bodes ecological disaster. In counterpoint to the unimpeded destruction of the Brazilian forest, the forest of Tai, in the Ivory Coast, is an example of a tropical forest habitat that is being used as a natural reserve and as a site for controlled agricultural and industrial activity.
Author/Producer: Films for the Humanities and Sciences
Topic Areas Covered: Agriculture, Deforestation, Population, Rainforest
Resource Type: Video
For Grade Levels: 7th grade and up
Publication Date: 1995
Length: 24 minutes
Cost: $89.95
Is It Available For Loan? No
Is Training Necessary? No
Language: English
Educational or Informational: Educational
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Author/Producer Contact: Films for the Humanities and Sciences
Address: P.O. Box 2053
Princeton, NJ 08543-2053
Phone: (800) 257-5126

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