“Save the rainforests!” is a call to action that most of us have come across at some point or another, whether it was on a news broadcast or splayed across an activist’s tee-shirt. It’s a great slogan, but why are people so passionate about saving the rainforests from being destroyed? What happens in the rainforest literally affects the rest of the world: moisture generated by the forests of Brazil ends up falling as rain across Europe as well as the USA, for example, and at a time when we’re facing imminent droughts, that moisture is absolutely vital. The trees there clean the air that we breathe, stabilize the planet’s climate, and provide winter nesting grounds for the millions of butterflies that pollinate crops across North America. Check out the full infographic after the jump to learn more about how important these forests are, and how we can all do our part to help protect them.

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