More than 70,000 fires burnt in the Amazon rainforest this year. Most of the blazes were set illegally by farmers and loggers to clear land for crops and pastures. The smoke from the fires covered the whole city of São Paulo, which made breathing difficult for the residents. The Amazon rainforest, which is the world’s largest tropical rainforest, supplies 20% of the world’s oxygen to us. That’s why it is referred to as “the lungs of the Earth”. The rainforest is also home to thousands of species of animals and birds.
Humans have gone to the extent of destroying nature for their own benefit. The irony is that our survival is dependent on forests and nature, not the other way around. Yet humans’ actions and attitude has never reflected this fact. Nature has provided us with everything needed for our survival, it is our duty to give back to it. Education is one of the best possible ways to sensitize children towards our environment and bring up more responsible and aware individuals. These are the foundational principles on which WESc is built. By inculcating such values in young people, we can create a better future together.