Rainforest Conservation – What is the Big Deal and How Does it Affect Me Anyway?

Lush green rainforests may be something you’ve pictured only briefly when dreaming about a tropical vacation but did you know that the health of the world’s rainforests has a huge influence on the quality of your daily life?

The rainforest is often described as the “Lungs of our Planet”. The Amazon rainforest alone is responsible for producing more than 20 percent of the oxygen we breath! As an added bonus, by taking in carbon dioxide and giving off oxygen for us to breath, the rainforest actually reduces green house gases and fights global warming.

But sadly, we are losing the earth’s rainforests to feed the world’s ravenous appetite for cheap lumber and agriculture. Check out these statistics. You’re not going to believe them but they’re true!

  1. 54 of the world’s 193 countries have already lost 90 percent or more of their forest cover. Rainforests that once covered 14% of the earth’s land surface now cover a mere 6% and experts estimate that the last remaining rainforests could be gone in less than 40 years.
  2. 1.5 acres of rainforest are lost every second (that equates to 50 million acres a year: an area roughly the size of Oregon)
  3. Nearly half of the world’s species of plants and animals will be destroyed or severely threatened over the next 25 years due to rainforest deforestation.
  4. We are losing approximately 137 plant and animal species every single day due to rainforest deforestation. That equates to 50,000 species a year!
  5. As the rainforest species disappear, so do many possible cures for life-threatening diseases. Currently, 121 prescription drugs sold worldwide come from plant-derived sources. Twenty-five percent of Western pharmaceuticals are derived from rainforest ingredients! Many more could be developed as only about 1% of tropical trees and plants have been tested by scientists.
  6. Most rainforests are cleared by chainsaws, bulldozers and fires for timber and then are followed by farming and ranching operations. In Indonesia, the current rate of logging could totally wipe out native forests within only 10 years. The forest has already been totally wiped out in countries like Haiti and Ivory Coast where barely a tree can be found anymore.

Even worse is the fact that rainforests do not regenerate as our temperate forests in Vermont do. Once gone, they are gone forever and along with them the wonderful diversity of plants and wildlife that inhabit them.

So now that you know why rainforests are a big deal, you’re probably asking yourself, “What on earth can I do about it?” Well, this is where green consumerism comes in. Everyday when you’re shopping you make choices that effect the health of the rainforest. It’s true. Do you buy products made of soy, beef or wood for example? If so, chances are very good that they are originating in the rainforest and are being produced illegally in violation of local conservation laws.

You can do you part for the environment by purchasing products that are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) as being green and originating from sustainably managed forests. Ask the salespeople in your favorite stores if their products are certified? Ask where they came from. You may get a few blank stares at first, but eventually you’ll be making a difference. Store owners are going to realize more and more that sustainability is important to their customers. If they are to stay in business, they are going to have to Go Green.

And YOU can make it happen.

Rainforests For Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing is Internet based use of information service. Wikipedia (the most popular Internet based encyclopedia) defines the following applications as under the umbrella of Cloud Computing.

o Software as a Service
o Utility Computing
o Web Services
o Managed Service Providers

With major global players investing seriously in Cloud Computing infrastructure, chances are that Cloud Computing will become more compelling as time goes on. Should the average business organization jump onto the bandwagon now or later? We do not attempt to provide any guidance on when to jump or when not to jump but we will attempt to provide some guidance on how the average business or organization can put these global developments into perspective and gain maximum benefits from their own specific investments in information systems.

We propose a Rainforest model. Rainforests are an important part of the global climate eco-system. They are mostly self adaptive and they contribute to the stability of the biosphere of the Earth.

Treat the server room of your company as the rainforest. You have the equipment at your premises and you have IT people on your payroll. This combination of assets provides and supports a certain level of your information needs on a day to day basis.

There are two variations of the rainforest model. One is having the equipment at your premises and outsourcing the management of the equipment. The other is using your own human resources to manage information systems located outside your own premises.

Cloud Computing is a totally different scenario. In contrast to the above described Rainforest scenarios, you do not know where the Cloud Operators (such as Google and Yahoo!) keep their servers to run your email accounts or store your email files. Also you do not hire people to work there to keep all servers and storage operating- the equipment and people are all in the Clouds. You outsource servers and labours to the clouds and pay as you go (unless the service is free).

In order to obtain maximum benefits from your investments, you will need to compare the long term returns and costs of having everything under your direct control with the “pay as you go” scheme. You will need flexibility and this means that the equipment and the payroll shall be modular and scalable. Also, the information systems in the Rainforest shall have green features such as the highest benchmark in performance per watt or space or cost.

In summary, this Rainforest concept is to introduce the third factor for purchase decisions. Fitness of Purpose shall always stay as Number One and Total Cost of Ownership is Number Two. Cloud Computing will have an impact on these 2 – two factors and Rainforest considerations are the guide.

Home Business Money Tree: 2 Idiot-Proof Steps

Creating a home business money tree is probably something you’d like to do. So what I’m going to go through right now is 2 simple steps that will radically change the way you look at the home business industry. These two steps could literally make you thousands of dollars.

Home Business Money Tree Step 1: Sprout Leaves

In the rainforest, light is at a minimum, especially for new trees. So it is important for you as a new marketer or home business entrepreneur to begin sprouting leaves as soon as possible in order to ensure survival. What do I mean by that? You need advertising. And I don’t just mean paid advertising. Obviously, there are a number of highly effective free advertising methods available. But initially a large percentage of your time and financial investment has to be focused on advertising. I believe that beginning home business entrepreneurs should initially work on paid newsletter marketing in order to get the most immediate results, but whatever you do, focus all of your energy on advertising and self branding at the beginning. Living an extravagant lifestyle can wait.

Home Business Money Tree Step 2: Continually Water

The benefit of living in the rainforest is a constant supply of water. So how can you ensure that your business, especially an online business, has a constant stream of traffic every day? Well, to put it simply, you have to give people a reason to visit your site every day. Be diligent about producing fresh content with current and pertinent information. Also, invite the viewers of your website to comment on the information and posts that you produce. Building a community around your business and around your website will ensure a consistent stream of traffic from now into the future. Just like a tree in the rainforest meshes and melds with the ecosystem around it, you have to continually bring value to your loyal website followers, and their dollars will thank you for it.

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