For starters the rain forest has over half of all life forms on this planet living in it and the rain forest itself covers less then 6% of Earth. The exact numbers are 20,000 flowering plant species, 3,000 tree species, and 300,000 animal species. Thousands of knew species are being discovered every year. Your probably going, Wow! This is amazing! How is this possible?
The rainforest is the perfect climate for plant life biodiversity, and because of this animals evolved to function in unique ways. The rain forest is so fertile that it can support hundreds of thousands of species.
And now for the big question. What do you think we humans did when we found the ground perfect for growing palm oil trees?
You guessed it. We went, Gee, look at this beautiful rain forest! We should totally cut it all down and convert it into Palm Oil Plantations, even though we don't actually need palm oil but it will give us lots and lots of money! Delicious!
So basically, we turn a perfect paradise into a money making machine. Ummmmm... Are we complete idiots? Well, honestly sometimes we are.
Another thing is the people who lived and co-existed with the rain forest, Indigenous peoples, are displaced because of the deforestation. They now have jobs working on the plantations, with next to nothing for pay. They have to handle dangerous chemicals with no protective gear. THIS IS NOT HUMANE.
All of this is for Palm Oil.
There is so much more I could say, I have only brushed a few topics very lightly. For more information, go to SAY NO TO PALM OIL and The Rainforest Foundation. There are way more sites these two but they are the best place to start.