Gisele Bündchen Helps Plant 50,000 Trees for Green Nation Fest

Deforestation is a major issue in Brazil.

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Aerial photo of deforestation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Copyright Chris Tackett

credit: Chris Tackett

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Caring for the crucially important Amazon rainforest is no easy task and deforestation is a major issue in Brazil. I'm not sure exactly what this was that I spotted on my descent into Rio de Janeiro, but even with just a quick look out the airplane window, it was a stark reminder that in many ways, Brazil is like any other industrial nation and trees will be harvested. Brazil's challenge is balancing the demands of industry with the conservation of the important resources for which geography has tasked them to care.