Did you know that we are celebrating International Day of Forests coming up on 21 March 2021?
The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests (IDF) in 2012. The Day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests. On each International Day of Forests, countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns. The theme for each International Day of Forests is chosen by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests. The theme for 2021 is “Forest restoration: a path to recovery and well-being“.
Forests do much more for us than we realize. Not only do they clean our water and filter our air they also provide food, medicine and fuel for more than a billion people worldwide. The functions played by forests cannot be undervalued.
Forests are our quiet helpers, our gentle green giants – secretly playing a very large and important role in our day-to-day lives. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) estimates that trees of about 36 football fields are cleared every minute. Every minute! Scary thought isn’t it? Protecting and restoring our forests has never been more urgent.
The WWF is working to end deforestation by 2030, protecting or improving the management of half the world’s forests, and beginning restoring forest landscapes across an area larger than India. But this can never be done alone, and every little action and support from people and business can bring us closer to the target.
Why are forests important?
- They let us breathe
- They cool the earth
- They keep people cool too
- Forests can make it rain
- They block wind
- Forests clean the air
- They fight erosion
Interesting facts and figures:
- Forests are home to about 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity.
- Forests and woodlands are made of over 60,000 tree species.
- More than a billion people depend directly on forests for food, shelter, energy and income.
- Genetic diversity helps forests to cope with climate change and other threats.
- Managing forests sustainably, and restoring them when needed, is crucial for people, biodiversity and climate
- According to the UN, forests cover one third of the Earth’s land mass.
- Nearly one-third of the world’s largest cities get their drinking water directly from protected forest areas.
- Forests act as natural filters for water by removing particles from it such as metals and nitrogen.
- According to the UN, approximately 1.6 billion people worldwide depend on forests for their livelihood.