Sunday, 21st of March is the International Day of Forests — a day to celebrate the environmental, economic and cultural significance of forested areas worldwide!
Forests are integral to human survival. They provide food, shelter, clean air, clean water, tools, medicines and space for recreation for over 2 billion people, and provide habitats for 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity! Forested areas are also places of deep spiritual significance, especially for the 60 million Indigenous people who live within them.
Forested areas are too precious to lose, and yet, the world is losing 10 million hectares of forest each year — which is approximately the size of Iceland. Human activities like logging, unsustainable agriculture, industrial expansion and poor fire management have degraded almost 2 billion hectares of the world’s forests.
We depend on forests for survival, so why aren't we doing more to help them? The International Day of Forests aims to raise awareness of these issues so that together, we can build a better future — one that seeks to preserve, protect and grow our precious forests!