Have you ever walked through a forest, far from any signs of human civilization, with only the crisp smell of nature, the sound of a babbling brook, and the chirping of birds surrounding you? Have you ever felt peace and tranquility deep amongst the trees? Have you ever ventured so deep inside a forest only to look up and see the tops of the trees stretching toward the sky? We truly hope that the answer to all of these questions is yes.
There is something so special about forests. They have the ability to make us forget our problems and simply enjoy the moment. They can help us feel free and lift our souls. To be honest, forests don’t get enough credits for their wonder and beauty. Except for on March 21st of course! That’s right, on this special day, we celebrate International Day of Forests (IDF).
On this day in 2012, The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed that the International Day of Forests would be celebrated on this day. IDF started as a way to help spread awareness and celebrate the importance of forests, of all types of forests. During IDF, communities are encouraged to organize and participate in activities involving forests in trees. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the Collaborative Partnership on Forests decides the theme of International Day of Forests each year. This year’s theme is Forests and Education!
At TeaZen®, we love celebrating these days that bring about more awareness to the plants and natural areas around us. We believe that with more awareness and education on these topics, we can make a change to help save this planet. So, in today’s blog, we are going to talk about International Day of Forests, why it is important, and what you can do to celebrate it! If you are interested in helping our planet and learning more about the importance of nature, read on!
Why Forests Matter
International Day of Forests matters for so many reasons and can help us learn the importance of forests. Many different species depend on forests to provide them with a safe and sustainable home. From animals and plants to fungi and bacteria, forests create the perfect ecosystem that allows these different forms of life to live and thrive. According to an article from WWF, about 80 percent of the world’s terrestrial species call forests home. Without forests, many species would lose their home, which could end with more species becoming endangered or extinct. Every year, we discover new species! Isn’t that exciting?
But these forest-dwelling species are not the only ones who rely on forests. People need them as well! The WWF article mentions that about 300 million people live in forests around the world and a billion people rely on them for their livelihood. Forests provide people with so many things including shelter, food, water, fuel, and traditional medicine.
What Is Happening to Forests?
Depending on where you live, you may look out and see lush forests stretching for miles, so it may surprise you that we are losing forests at a speedy rate. The WWF article states that a football pitch sized area of the world’s forests is being wiped out every two seconds. These forests are being destroyed due to a growing demand for paper, wood, and other agricultural products.
Many forests are being destroyed by illegal logging. This is one of the major problems that harm forests and is driving more wildlife towards extinction. Illegal logging is also affecting the livelihood of the locals who live around them and costs billions each year.
This is why International Day of Forests is so important. It teaches us the value the forests provide to the entire plant, makes us aware of what is happening to the forests around us, and allows us to work on making a change. Now that you know a little more about forests, let’s talk about how to celebrate and what you can do to help you local forests!
How To Celebrate
There are many ways to celebrate International Day of Forests. One of the simplest ways to celebrate is to simply enjoy some time in a local forest. Go for a hike and breathe in the clean and crisp air that the forest provides. Be sure to appreciate the forest and leave it cleaner and better than you found it. When we work together to take care of our forests, we can help keep them clean, healthy, and protected. Learning more about your local forests and forests, in general, can help you appreciate them better and enjoy everything they can provide.
Another way to celebrate is to organize or join an International Day of Forests event. This could include planting trees, helping to clean up your local forests, or joining a conference or a debate. Even doing something as simple as starting a discussion with friends about our forests and why they need protecting can help to spread awareness and allow more people to become involved.
Spreading awareness is the true purpose of International Day of Forests. Many people don’t even know such a day exists and may not know why forests are so important. Be spreading the word and awareness about this day, you can help people become more aware and educated and the greatness the forests provide. Be sure to talk about IDF with your friends, families, coworkers, or just people on the street! You never know who is going to get more involved and help us protect our forests.
Now that you know a little more about forests and what makes them so important to this world, you can properly celebrate International Day of Forests on March 21st. Spend time walking through a forest and taking in everything surrounding you. Be present among the trees and appreciate everything the forest can provide you and your community with. Don’t take forests for granted and do what you can to help protect them. This is the purpose of International Day of Forests.
We hope you learned something new and gained a new love for forests. At TeaZen, we care about this planet and its wellbeing. We wanted to spread more awareness for International Day of Forests and give you some ideas on how to celebrate. You don’t have to do anything extravagant, simply enjoy and care for these natural areas. Oh, and spread the word!
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