Lisa Trahin


In the summer of 2019, millions on social media shared concerns around the seemingly minimal news coverage of Amazonian deforestation. Although the Amazon has endured deforestation since 1978, about 76,000 fires occurred last year alone, an 80% increase from the previous year. I focused my research to exhibit the cause and effect of this ongoing world issue. Tropical rainforests produce a significant amount of the world's oxygen, and yet, are losing more than 200,000 acres of rainforest every day due to forest fires. Deforestation not only impacts our oxygen, but also the layers of our biosphere that in turn affect climate change, soil erosion, greenhouse gases, indigenous people and more.


Like many other forests around the world, the Amazon is quickly disappearing due to deforestation. But why should we care about something so far from our everyday lives? The lack of education regarding the different forms of deforestation and the impacts it will continue to have on our biosphere can prevent future solutions and substitutions for the disappearing forests. The loss of vegetation in the Amazon will not only contribute to climate change, desertification, and tropical diseases, but also affect rainfall patterns worldwide.


Education allows us to create change and make a movement toward positive progress. On the left side of my exhibit, I display a survey for viewers to take, bringing an immediate sense of what they are personally already aware of and what they may have to learn. The display consists of eight true or false questions. These address different components of deforestation, from who depends on the forest's resources to the percentage of annual global greenhouse gases being produced and the loss of biodiversity. Understanding the impacts of deforestation and its leading causes encourages an awareness that may hinder deforestation for future generations.

Exhibition Booklet