Below you will find some wonderful examples on how kids care. Touching and insightful, I am proud to share these with the world, so others may be inspired by their words.
May this be a shinning example of what's possible when the heart of a student is moved to make a difference. They decided as a school to donate money to Achuar schools as an expression of solidarity for saving the rain forest from distruction.
March 1, 2013
We know you are going through tough times because outside people want to cut down your trees . We kids at Highland want to prevent people from coming in to your forest to cut all the trees down. We know that the trees are your life and they provide food, transportation (canoes) and happiness. We want to help you as much as we can. That is why Dean brought you school supplies, pictures, and videos of us. This shows our support and that all of us stand behind you.
Kids at Highland know that you love your garden and your plants that grow in it too and we don't want anyone to take that from you. If they cut down your forest they will also kill the spiritual animals such as the anaconda, condor, and the jaguar. The Amazon River will also suffer and it is where you play, shower, and where you take a bath. You have survived a long time in the Amazon Rainforest and thank you for keeping it safe.
If the outside people cut down your trees the trees won't grow back because of the clay underneath the six inch soil. If we preserve the trees you will be able to enjoy your strawberries in the hot summer sun. We want to help save you trees and your village. We know that you are fun, cool and clever so we stand with you and all the trees.
Sincerely: Coehen and Cody
Hello Reader, our school has recently had a school fundraiser, the Candy Grams. Candy Grams are when our school sells candy and Teddy bears. After Candy Grams sales are over they usually donate the money. We should give the money to the Achuar. The Achuar are a small village of people. They live in the Amazon rainforest. They live without heat, running water, and technology. They are very happy, but they are poor. We think that we should donate the money to the Achuar.
The Achuar need simple things like clothing to keep warm, and blankets to go to bed with. These simple things can make a difference to them. They need a mosquito net so they don’t get bitten at night time. Imagine if you were the Achuar people no blankets and no new clothes. It would be hard. So that is why we should donate the Candy Gram money to the Achuar.
They might need the money for gas to run their chainsaws. They do not use their chainsaws that much. Because they are poor they share the chainsaw with the other small towns close to them. The cost of gas there is much higher than in the U.S.A Here it is 4-5 dollars a gallon. Where the Achuar live it is 8 dollars a gallon.
One more reason to give the Achuar the Candy Gram money. They need shoes! We wear shoes why shouldn’t they? Some of the Achuar wear shoes but some are too poor so we should help them. If you didn’t have shoes in the rainforest you would be in a little pain. I think we should really give them our candy gram money.
I think it would so nice if we do this for the Achuar people. You can make your choice but I will stick with my answer. We should give our candy gram money to the Achuar people.
Sofia and Vasti
How would you like to earn money for school supplies for the people in the Amazon Rain Forest? Thats what we want to do. The money that the school earned from Candy Gram sales could be donated to the Achuar people. For instance, if you were to run out of school supplies you will have enough money to buy some more, and it will also make them happier. Like if your box of markers dry out you can buy a new box.
The Achuar do not have much money, but they are happy with what they have and don’t take anything for granted. If we give them money they will not take it for granted and will be extremely happy that Highland Elementary donated money to the Achuar people of Ecuador.
Your Highland friends,
Ben & Braden
How would you like if there were no trees in the rainforest? What if it was your home? Well, there is a tribe in the Amazon Rainforest that is in danger of losing their home . Here are some reasons why we should save the rainforest. First of all, people are planning to cut down their trees which will prevent them from ever growing back.The reason that they can’t grow back is that the roots of these trees hold the healthy soil in place so it won’t wash away.This would leave only the clay soil left where nothing can grow. Therefore if we don’t have trees we won’t have the oxygen we need. Another reason is that there is a tribe living there (Achuar). How would they survive if there were no trees? The Achuar tribe can only get a specific kind of vegetable/fruit at certain seasons, for example strawberries can only be grown in the summer time. Where would the Achuar tribe be able to live? The Achuar tribe do not have that many materials for example, electricity, running water, TVS, school supplies and more but they seem to know what happiness really means. Happiness doesn’t mean to take materials for granted, it means that you can help others. Thats why we want to save the rainforest for our friends The Achuar tribe. We stand for the Achuar!
From : Alannah, Haley, Jasmine
Have you ever traveled to the Amazon river? Well people from the outside world want to cut down trees in the rainforest of Ecuador. In the rainforest of Ecuador there is a village with these people called the Achuar people. The Achuar people are very poor people. Everything they make is handmade.
The Achuar people have been living in the rainforest for about 100 years. Under their trees is soil. Under the soil is clay. If we cut down the trees the trees won't grow back. On top of the soil is a thin layer of the nutrient. Their trees are like their grocery store. All their food, wood if they want to make a house, is in the forest.
The Achuar people and me don't want to get their trees cut down. They might have to move to a different place. The beautiful rainforests are not going to have animals or food for them to live. They should not cut down the trees.
We should use the candy grams money to help the Achuar people. We raised so much money. We raised the money for something. Its going to keep them alive and us. That’s why I think we should not cut down the trees.
From your friend from Highland
The indigenous people of the Achuar tribes’ life is being threatened. People are cutting down their life, history, and future (Amazon Rainforest). If they do so, nothing will grow back ever because the ground has only six inches of soil before it hits clay. It takes over 1,000 years for the trees to grow and if someone cuts the trees down they will never grow back and the Achuar will be left with nothing .
The Achuar people who live in the Amazon rainforest hunt and fish for food. They also grow vegetables. They love the rainforest like their family .
The Achuar have been living without electricity, ovens, and cars all their life. So if that was changed that would be hard for them. They help each other, care about each other, love each other and the rainforest. That is all they need to be happy.
Please stand with the Achuar tribe by protecting their home and their right to live their way !
By Noah, Matt, and Eliza
If you have not heard, the rainforest of Ecuador is being threatened by the outside world. We would like you to help us and stand with the Achuar people.
The Achuar people are living in the Ecuador rainforest and may be losing their homes. The Achuar have a different way of living life and people are trying to change that.
They don’t have electricity, they have no television, they have no telephones, they travel by canoe, but even though they don’t have as much possessions or modern conveniences they are still happy about the way they live. Every thing they know and love will be threatened if the outside world is allowed to cut down their trees and destroy their homes and we want to help prevent that .
Even though other people don’t care that the Achuar’s homes are being taken away, me and my entire school care and we want to help save this amazing tribe.
My entire school and I care and are trying to help the Achuar by donating money from our Candy Grams to buy school supplies for the children in their tribe. Even though other people don’t care about the Achuar tribe, our school will always care.
Kyan and Jacob
This article is to help the Achuar people of the Amazon Rain Forest (ARF) so if that sounds interesting read this!
To begin with, China is trying to get the natives of the Amazon Rain Forest to leave so they can cut down the forest. They want to cut down the forest because there is a lot of oil under it. But if we cut it down it won't grow back up because their is only about six inches of soil. So if they cut down the trees it won't grow back because the roots are like a net that makes the soil stay, but if they cut it down the soil will go away.
The forest is an important part of the Achuar culture. They have a spiritual connection to the forest. They believe that they are connected to the spirits of the condor the jaguar and the anaconda that live in the rain forest.
In conclusion, that’s why it’s important to save the rainforest.
I Stand With the Achuar
The Achuar is a native tribe in Ecuador, South America. They speak a foreign language. Their problem is people from the government are chopping down the rain forest where their food lives. We all knew about the tribe because of a teacher in my school, her name is Mrs. Tharp, and she knew a man named Dean, Dean Jacobs.
He has pretty much gone around the world meeting new people, eating new foods and learning the cultures of other regions of the world. His latest discovery was in Ecuador. He saw the sights and he made friends. Those friends were called the Achuar, a tribe that probably has never seen a T.V. or never heard of Mcdonalds but they don't care. They're happy.
They hunt for their own food, humble people if you ask me, but they have a problem. The forest, the very arms of mother nature, the source of their culture, may be cut down. Imagine waking up one morning and not having anything to eat. This is what will eventually happen to the Achuar. So please stand with me, no not with me, with the Achuar.
Ecuador has the second highest deforestation (chopping down the rainforest) rate in the entire continent of South America. If they keep chopping it down it will never grow back because it has taken thousands of years to get that big. (So in thousands of years it may grow back.) If you want that much land, build it in space. If you’re gonna give me “Well, we wanna use it for a farm (any kind as long as its plant related) land.” as an excuse you are DEAD WRONG. Nothing (except plants that root outwards not downwards) can grow there. The soil is 6 inches thick, then it is just clay (not that nutritious for plants) all the way down...
Save The Trees In The Amazon Rainforest!
The Amazon Rainforest is important to many tribes. But the most important thing to them is the trees. The trees are important to them because they need them to get bamboo for their blowguns, need the animals that live there to get food, they need the trees for fruits, they need them to survive.
Now as you can see these tribes cannot survive without these trees. But some people go to the Amazon Rainforest and chop down these trees. That just ruins the lives of these people. How would they like it if somebody came and took their house? Well that’s what these people do. Isn’t it horrible how these people treat these tribes? This needs to stop..
If these people come and chop down trees the soil will be gone. There is about six inches deep of soil. Under the soil there is clay. If this soil is removed it would be nearly impossible to grow the trees back.. The trees roots spread out to find more nutrients from the soil in the ground. People have to understand that these people need these trees. It’s their life.
Another reason the tribes need these trees are for their houses, schools, and desks. Their education is important to the adults of these tribes. The kids in these tribes really love to learn. If you asked them what their dream is, I guarantee they will say i want to go to school one day with new supplies and clothes.
Some of these people don’t understand. It is their home, and they need it. They don’t need tv to be happy. They have the best show in the whole world at their home in the Amazon Rain forest. This writing is also to tell people to be happy and to be happy with what they have.
Mario Falconi Arias
Save the Spirit
Keeping rainforests standing is the first step in the fight against climate change. You can cut CO2 emissions today by protecting endangered forests with Cool Earth. With so many ways to get involved there’s something to suit everyone.
When we cut down the rainforests of Ecuador we are ruining the Achuar’s (an indigenous tribe) way of life. For example, the Achuar bathe in the rivers. When you cut down the trees, the ground vibrates. pushing dirt into the river. If the rivers get dirty two things happen that affect the Achuar people. First, the river will be too dirty for fish to live there. The dirty rivers will drive the fish away. Second, with dirty rivers the Achuar can’t bathe. Even if they do, they could catch diseases from the bugs that lived in the dirt. Think of the children!
Thinking of children, when you hurt the rainforests you hurt them. The forest is a part of their heart. They treasure it deeply. The children of the Achuar tribe depend on the forest to help them grow up. They also depend on the forest to keep them busy. The rainforest keeps them company. Achuar children, adults and elders can tell the trees secrets, knowing that the secrets will stay hidden forever. They believe that the trees possess a spirit of their own. You take that belief away from them and you too will feel you destroyed something great because obviously you have.
As you can see, the Amazon Rainforests need to be saved. Remember, save the spirit!!
The Ecuador Rainforest
Filled with lots of plants, mammals, insects, fish, birds, and reptiles the amazon rainforest is one of the most beautiful places in my opinion. I love how there trees are so green, I wonder what they use. Fertilizer? Special seeds? Maybe they know a guy. But, what I learned about it, is more terrifying than when the cold water starts running in the shower. The thing I learned about the green is that there soil is not good. And 6 in under the soil is clay, so the roots don't grow properly. :(
Over two-thirds of the earth's water supply is found in the amazon basin. And over 20% of oxygen on the earth comes for the amazon. This is mostly why we need to help the amazon rainforest. People are thinking of cutting down all the trees in the amazon. We may not care if the amazon is cut down the trees. I mean, I can agree that it won't really hurt our way of living. But it will for the achuar, and you may think, so still not us, but they're people too. They’re more of people then we are. While we’re in our house, watching T.V. and playing video games, they’re living like a real person. The have the best life ever in my opinion. So, to sum up, you shouldn't take away their culture.
So as you can see, I love the amazon rainforest.. And how the achuar live. So, I am asking you to stand with me, and to plz not kill their culture. I hope you stand with me and DO NOT cut down the trees.
Singed: Rachel :)
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Save the Rainforest!
The rainforest needs to be saved because the animals, plants, and tribes depend on the rainforest. Here are three reasons why the rainforest needs to be saved.
If someone were to cut down the plants, trees, and habitats the rainforest would just be clay because the soil is only six inches deep. That means that the rest is clay and there is no nutrients in clay.
The rainforest has many great features like lots of plants for oxygen. The plants take in carbon dioxide and put out oxygen. We do the exact opposite. The plants give the Achuar people berries and other kinds of food for them for feasts. Also the Amazon plants give the Achuar people medicines for cuts or bites.
If people come and cut down the plants and trees the animals will go away and then the Achuar people will have to move and all there will be is clay where plants cannot grow and dust where the village was.
Those are three reasons why people should not cut down the trees
or damage the habitat. I STAND WITH THE ACHUAR!
Help the Achuar
Highland should give money to the Achuar people so they can find a way to be successful and preserve their way of life. The Achuar are a tribe in Ecuador's rainforest. The Achuar hunt food with blow darts and they get money somehow so they have clothes but they don't have shoes.
Stand With the Achuar
I am here to tell you why you should not chop down the rainforest. First of all, you should not chop down the rainforest because it is located on a tribe called the Achuar’s home. Would you like it if someone came and destroyed your home? Didn’t think so.
Secondly, the Achuar get their food from the forest. I mean they don’t have a King Soopers or Walmart down the road. They depend on the forest to help them survive. They believe that the anaconda, condor and jaguar are the spirit of the forest.
This is why you should stand with the Achuar.