International Day of Forests 2017

by Gemma Harbias

20 March 2017

On the 21st March we celebrate International Day of Forests. This event was established by resolution of the United Nations General Assembly on November 28, 2012. Every year, various events celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests, and trees outside forests, for the benefit of current and future generations. Countries across the globe are encouraged to organize local, national, and international activities involving forests and trees, e.g. tree planting campaigns.

The reason behind this is because every year millions of forests are destroyed or lost which means animals and plants also result in extinction. This also effects global warming and deforestation which affects us all!

Did you know: “Today, forests cover more than 30% of the world’s land and contain more than 60,000 tree species, many as of yet unidentified. Forests provide food, fiber, water and medicines for approximately 1.6 billion of the world’s poorest people, including indigenous peoples with unique cultures” Wikipedia

The importance of forests is underestimated and more awareness needs to be raised to the whole world about how important it is to protect our environment for the better of all our futures. So let’s raise the awareness by running activities, fundraising, celebrating and spreading the word to save our world.

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