21st MARCH INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FORESTS
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 2017 is Forests and Energy.
This global celebration of forests provides a platform to raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests and trees outside forests.
Forests cover one third of the Earth’s land mass, performing vital functions around the world,hence acting as habitats to the world’s wild animals e.g Bwindi impenetrable forest in Uganda that habitats more than half of the world’s Gorillas where great trekking gorilla tours can be highly experienced. Around 1.6 billion people – including more than 2,000 indigenous cultures – depend on forests for their livelihood.
Forests are the most biologically-diverse ecosystems on land, home to more than 80% of the terrestrial species of animals, plants and insects. They also provide shelter, jobs and security for forest-dependent communities.
Yet despite all of these priceless ecological, economic, social and health benefits, global deforestation continues at an alarming rate – 13 million hectares of forest are destroyed annually. Deforestation accounts for 12 to 20 percent of the global greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.
Celebrating forests and water
Every year on the International Day of Forests we celebrate the ways in which forests and trees sustain and protect us. This year we are raising awareness of how forests are key to the planet’s supply of freshwater, which is essential for life.
Therefore let’s take initiatives to plant as many trees as we can so as to keep the Godly given solution to all the existing environmental disasters.Am planting mine today, when is yours?