Panama Pathfinders, in partnership with Extreme Learning Centers, is dedicated to environmental awareness. On our tours, we always point out:
Trees absorb carbon dioxide as they grow, acting as a “carbon sink”. Cutting them down means more greenhouse gases entering the atmosphere, which speeds up the pace and severity of climate change.
Forests still cover about 30% of land, but some 50,000 square miles of forest are lost each year. That’s equivalent to 48 soccer fields every minute. In the Amazon, for example, around 17% of forest has been lost in the last 50 years.
Coral reef bleaching
In the past 30 years, the world has lost 50% of corals and it is estimated that only 10% will survive beyond 2050.
Climate change and rising ocean temperatures are the greatest threat, and are behind the mass bleaching along Australia’s Great Barrier Reef for the second year in a row.