International Day of Forests is an international holiday dedicated to the conservation of forests on the planet. Forests are of great ecological importance: they are the habitat of many plants, insects and animals. They also act as natural air filters and protect the ground from degradation. The holiday is celebrated annually on March 21.
The International Day of Forests was established in 2012. The initiative was then proposed by the UN General Assembly. The problem of forest preservation in the modern world is very acute, since in recent years a large number of forests have been cut down. Today, the legislation of many countries contains the main provisions concerning the use of forest resources. Illegal cutting of forests and individual, rare tree species is prohibited. There was no such thing just a few decades ago. People did not worry about what might happen when natural resources ran out, but simply used them.
We must preserve and increase forests, because they are a unique ecosystem in nature. Significant efforts must be made to control illegal logging. It is also necessary to increase the number of trees planted annually by several times. Much attention is given to replacing wood with other materials – plastics, metal alloys, etc.
- In a little more than 20 years (from 1990 to the present), the area of forests has been reduced by 420 million. hectares.
- Due to deforestation, the Red Book was enriched by more than 30% with new names of plants and animals.
- Today, forests occupy a little more than 30% of the land.
How to celebrate
Use cardboard boxes and other products made from recycled wood that can be recycled. If everyone fulfills such a condition, the use of wood will be greatly reduced. If possible, you can plant a few saplings of trees, making a personal contribution to the multiplication of forests.
Spread the word on social media. Ask other users what actions they are taking to conserve forests and reduce wood use.
When is International Day of Forests celebrated in 2023?
International Day of Forests is observed on March 21 each year.