Since 2012, 21 March has not just marked the arrival of spring in the northern hemisphere and autumn in the southern hemisphere. Today, it is also the date to celebrate the International Day of Forests around the world, an event that was created by the UN (United Nations) to highlight the importance of the planet's forests.
This day presents the perfect chance to learn more about forests and how their conservation positively impacts the lives of all Earth's inhabitants. Did you know that forests cover one third of the earth's surface? These ecosystems function as habitats for millions of living things and are home to 80 % of the planet's terrestrial plant and animal species. 1.6 billion people depend on forests to survive, including more than 2,000 indigenous cultures.
Forests and regenerative sustainability
The theme that the UN has chosen to celebrate the day this year is Forest restoration: a path to recovery and well-being.
There is much more to restoring a forest than caring for nature so that it can grow. It is about planting life—or at least the roots that support it—to build a better world for the health of our children and future generations. Replanting our forests sustainably creates new spaces where plants and animals can develop. It is also a way of supporting economic activities that provide job opportunities and enable many people to live a better life.
Not to mention the very real impact it has on climate change, improving the quality of the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat.
One of the difficulties that endangers the survival of forest environments is deforestation and 13 million hectares of forest have been destroyed worldwide in the last decade alone:
It is never too late to take action. In fact, there are already several projects that, in collaboration with civil society, institutions and companies, are working to reforest some of the planet's most damaged areas.
Will you be doing anything special to celebrate the International Day of Forests? Leave us your comments!