Celebrating the World’s Biodiversity
Over all of the world’s land area, forests cover a whopping 31 percent. If that sounds like a lot, then it should be alarming that it used to be over 50 percent about a hundred years ago. The United Nations established the International Day of Forests in 2012 to raise awareness on the issue. Here are some holiday fun facts connected to this earth-shaking event.
3 Holiday Fun Facts on the International Day of Forests
1. Forests are the world’s ‘Carbon catch-basins’
These arborial areas continuously carry out the carbon cycle, removing tons of pollutants from the atmosphere each day. It is also because of this that the decrease of the world’s forests is directly related to the increase of global warming effects. In fact, the fewer the forests, the less ‘cleaning capacity’ the Earth has for its atmosphere.
2. The holiday began after a whole year year of celebration
In 2011, the United Nations celebrated the International Year of Forests. Then, in 2012, preparations began to celebrate the world’s forests more frequently. Thus, in 2013, we had the very first International Day of Forests.
3. This year’s theme is on Forests and Energy
The forest is not just a bunch of trees that happen to be located in a single area. Its fruits and bounty also provide sustenance, nourishment, and energy to everyone and everything. Whether it’s energy to move around, or heat from firewood, the forest provides. Moreover, collaborative efforts are being done worldwide to address the rapid decline in forests across the globe.
You can do your part. Awareness is the first step. Then action towards the solution. Events and activities worldwide tell us there is still hope for the forests.