Roosevelt called them “the lungs of the Earth,” Robert Frost and millions of poets were inspired by them, and Sting is fighting to save them. We’re talking about forests. And celebrities aren’t the only ones who feel a strong connection with them. We all do. Just a simple walk in the woods can calm and invigorate our senses. In fact, the forests are so crucial to the future of our planet that the UN declared March 21 to be the International Day of Forests. For many years now, this amazing global celebration has been creating awareness all over the world about the importance of forests. They are one of our greatest natural treasures that we must preserve and protect.
International Day of Forests timeline
The First International Day Of Forests
The world celebrates this important celebration dedicated to our Earth for the first time!
- November 28, 2012
UN Designates March 21
The UN passes a resolution to observe March 21 as the International Day of Forests.
- November 1971
World Forestry Day established
At the 16th session of the Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization, the "States members" voted to establish "World Forestry Day" on March 21 of each year.
How to Observe International Day of Forests
Plant a tree or start a victory garden
Go ahead! Do your bit to make your city a little greener. Even buying a little plant for your home counts!
Go hiking in the woods or a state park
There isn’t a better time to get out, bond with nature and drive away those winter blues because spring has just begun.
Make a leaf scrapbook
A great activity for the entire family. Scrapbooking and recording interesting facts is a great way to teach children about the different type of trees and their importance.
Why International Day of Forests is Important
Forests are the lungs of the Earth
Forests are like giant, green sponges all over the globe, through which our Earth breathes. Trees and plants take in carbon dioxide and give us oxygen, cleaning our air.
The world needs wood
And not just for construction, paper, furniture, etc. As the world’s population grows, with it the hunger for energy. Currently wood accounts for approximately 45 % of the world’s renewable energy supply. Encouraging and modernizing this industry can help find new and sustainable ways to produce bioenergy.
Healthy forests mean a healthy environment
Forests trap carbon to prevent global warming. They stabilize the climate, control atmospheric temperatures, protect watershed areas, regulate the water cycle, and enrich the soil. And that’s not all that forests do for our environment!