Speech on the rain forest.

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Attention Getter: The rainforest is one of the Earth's most valuable natural resources. At the current rate of destruction it could be completely wiped out in the next 40 years.

Audience Motivator: Every single day we are losing 137 plants, animal and insect species due to rainforest deforestation (Rainforest Facts). Landowners and governments of the rainforest today need to be given a good economic reason not to destroy the rainforest. We need to make an economy for the sustainable resources of the rainforest, not the cattle and logging operations.

Thesis Statement: Most people have no idea just how much the rainforest is affecting our lives. Many of our foods and medicines come directly from the rainforest. Even the oxygen we breathe is a direct function of the rainforest. If we let the rainforest disappear, the results would be devastating.

Preview: I am going to let you in on some information that everyone should know about the rainforest.

I am going to tell you about the serious danger that the rainforest is in and tell you why it is happening.

Transition Statement: You will here me tell you about some very interesting and important facts. It is important to understand how much each and every one of us really does need the rainforest.

A.What makes up the rainforest

Rainforests cover 2% of the Earth's surface, or 6% of its land mass. Tropical rainforests are the earth's oldest living ecosystem. Fossil records show that the forests of Southeast Asia have existed in more or less their present form for 70 to 100 million years. Tropical rainforests are defined by two factors: location and amount of rainfall they receive.

B.The important of the rainforest

1.Amount of rainfall the rain forest receives

Rainforests receive 4 to 8 meters of rain a year and...