Since 2012, March 21 not only marks the arrival of spring in the northern hemisphere and autumn in the southern hemisphere. Today, the International Day of Forests is also celebrated worldwide, an event devised by the UN (United Nations) to highlight the importance of forest areas of the planet.
This is an excellent time to learn more about forests and how its preservation positively influence the lives of all the inhabitants of the Earth. Did you know that forests cover a third of the land surface of the planet? These ecosystems serve as habitats for millions of living beings, 1.6 billion people depend on forests to survive, including more than two thousand indigenous cultures.
Forests and water
The theme chosen by the UN for this year is Forests and education: Learn to Love Forests.
Today, when more than half the world’s population lives in cities and are increasingly disconnected from nature, it is more essential than ever to bring an understanding and awareness of forests and their benefits into children’s lives at an early age.
The international organization reveal some important messages:
- Understanding our forests and keeping them healthy is crucial for our future.
- You’re never too young to start learning about trees.
- Both modern and traditional knowledge are key to keeping forests healthy.
- Investing in forestry education can change the world for the better.
- Women and men should have equal access to forest education.
One fact that endangers the survival of forest environments is deforestation: only in the last decade thirteen million hectares of forest worldwide have been destroyed:
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