International Day of Forests 2021: Why is the day is so important?

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International Day of Forests 2021: Why is the day is so important?

Rainforest with fog seeping through branches

March 21 celebrates International Day of Forest to celebrate and raise awareness for the importance of all kinds of forestry. Dive a bit deeper into the history of the day and what this year’s theme is all about.

What is International Day of Forests?

The United Nations proclaimed March 21 to be the International Day of Forests back in 2012 to raise awareness for the importance of all kinds of forests and the rich biodiversity that belongs there. As well as raising awareness, the day encourages ‘countries to undertake local, national and international efforts to organise activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns.’

Why are forests so important?

Forests are home to around 80% of the Earth’s biodiversity (on the land of course), with more that 60,000 tree species existing in them! Trees are our best method of carbon removal; these carbon sucking wonders literally transform harmful CO2 into clean oxygen. According to the UN, ‘around 1.6 billion people depend directly on forests for food, shelter, energy, medicines and income’ and a staggering 10 million hectares of forest is lost each year which is about the size of Iceland. The incredulous deforestation and land degradation that is happening right now across the world is happening at an abhorrent rate and is why it’s so important for every one of us to stand up and take action to fight it.

What is the theme for International Day of Forests 2021?

The theme for International Day of Forests 2021 is “Forest restoration: a path to recovery and well-being”. This year’s theme coincides wit the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030) which is a call for the protection and revival of ecosystems around the world. Check out this lovely video below about the magic of forests!

International Day of Forests 2021: Forest restoration – a path to recovery and well-being

Why is forest restoration important?

According the UN website, ‘the restoration and sustainable management of forests help address the climate-change and biodiversity crises. It also produces goods and services for sustainable development, fostering an economic activity that creates jobs and improves lives’. If you’ve ever planted a tree or supported a reforestation project in any way, thank you!

How can I take part?

You can organise or join events to celebrate forests: planting trees, photo competitions or hold conversations with your mates about taking action to protect and restore forests. Why not share your favourite image of your favourite forest on social media and tag us? Join in on the conversation using the hashtag #IntlForestDay too. Let’s make 2021 a year of healing and restoration for our beautiful planet!

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