On March 21, 1971, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization declared this as World Forestry Day to share information, research, and project updates on forests and forestry around the world. This day was chosen because it is the vernal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and the autumnal equinox in the Southern Hemisphere.
In 190 United Nations member-states, this day is also called International Forestry Day, World Day of Forests, Forest Day, and other related titles. It provides governments and individual organizations an opportunity to champion best forest stewardship and to help people to learn and reflect upon the importance of forests in their daily lives.
Forests cover about one-third of Earth’s landmass, providing habitat for more than half of our terrestrial species of animals and plants. Yet, as recently as 2010, 13 million ha (32 million acres) of forest were lost each day, an area roughly the size of England. Along with the obvious loss of biodiversity that trees support, the planet gains 10 to 15% in carbon emitted to its atmosphere from deforestation because forests combat climate change by storing carbon.
Deforestation has created multiple and multiplying problems for nation states that have not been fast enough to act. Without trees, topsoils are lost, freshwater supply disappears, hills and mountains become hazards as unabsorbed rain produces landslides and mudslides. Without trees, protection is removed from coastal areas, plants and animal species disappear, and climate becomes hotter without forest shade and moisture.
This year, the United Nations will use this day to focus on the importance of all types of woodlands and trees, and to celebrate the ways in which they sustain and protect us. Forests are a planetary water insurance policy. Strong Forests – our Warrior Squadrons fighting for every species on the planet!
B Bondar / Real World Content Advantage