International day of Forests is anually celebrates on march 21 and 2016 theme is "Create a Climate Smart Future".
International day of Forests is anually celebrates on march 21 and 2015 theme is "Forests and Climate Change".
Forests are among the most interesting eco-systems. Forests are home to an amazing variety of flora and fauna. The most exotic of trees can be found in many forests in the world. The slight changes in these fragile ecosystems can even destroy the species permanently. Forest play an important role in the climate of a particular place. Unfortunately, we do know that various activities like unauthorized lumbering have played a great role in deforestation and the destruction of many fragile ecosystems as well as flora and fauna. Despite the efforts by various organizations, the global rate of deforestation is cause for alarm.
Ecosystems are important for survival of the species and any changes can lead to their complete destruction. Understanding the need to safeguard the fragile balance in nature, the United Nations passed a resolution on 28 November 2012, in which they declared March 21 as the International Day of Forests. This annual celebration in all corners of the world, celebrates the role played by forests in sustaining our ecosystem. The importance of the day can understood by understanding of the various activities organized on this day.
After understanding the origin of the day, it should not be a difficult task to comprehend the importance of the day. The various events that are organized on this day not only celebrate forests, but also to raise awareness the need of forests. Questions like- what is the need for forests, how we can protect forests and understands the importance of the day. The aim of the day is to generate awareness about the various types of forests as well as the trees outside forests. International Day of Forests was first celebrated in 2013.
The United Nations selects a theme for the annual celebration every year. Each country chooses various activities on how to celebrate the day. Each activity focuses on the theme of the year and may be organized at the international, National or local levels. Some of the common activities year on year include, tree planting campaigns, photo exhibits, poster competitions in schools and colleges and so on. Activates on this day are carefully chosen to generate awareness about the relevance and the importance of the day.
Forests not only contribute to the preservation of flora and fauna, but also play a critical role in balancing the levels of carbon dioxide and oxygen. The trees help in maintaining the climate as well as humidity levels, and protecting the water table. International day of Forests is much more than learning about the origin of the day or how to celebrate the day. Each country at its discretion chooses activities that help conserve forests and add to the existing forest cover without damaging, modifying or destroying the fragile ecosystems. These activities aim at making conservation of forests a part of us, including our actions and reasoning.
"I dream of the realization of the unity of Africa, whereby its leaders combine in their efforts to solve the problems of this continent. I dream of our vast deserts, of our forests, of all our great wildernesses."
- Nelson Mandela
"A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people."
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
"I grew up in this town, my poetry was born between the hill and the river, it took its voice from the rain, and like the timber, it steeped itself in the forests."
- Pablo Neruda
"Every book is a quotation; and every house is a quotation out of all forests, and mines, and stone quarries; and every man is a quotation from all his ancestors."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The tropical rain forests are a telling example. Once cut down, they rarely recover. Rainfall drops, deserts spread, the climate warms."
- James Lovelock
"It's a matter of life and death for this country. The Kenyan forests are facing extinction and it is a man-made problem."
- Wangari Maathai
"The environmentalists say capitalism is killing our oceans, air, land, and forests. Capitalists argue that they provide food, fuel, and building materials for a growing world."
- Robert Kiyosaki
"We don't need to clear the 4 to 6 percent of the Earth's surface remaining in tropical rain forests, with most of the animal and plant species living there."
- E. O. Wilson
"Official education was telling people almost nothing of the nature of all those things on the seashores, and in the redwood forests, in the deserts and in the plains."
- Gregory Bateson
"My progress was rendered delightful by the sylvan elegance of the groves, chearful meadows, and high distant forests, which in grand order presented themselves to view."
- William Bartram
"Each generation takes the earth as trustees. We ought to bequeath to posterity as many forests and orchards as we have exhausted and consumed."
- Julius Sterling Morton
"Maintaining healthy forests is essential to those who make a living from the land and for those of us who use them for recreational purposes."
- Cathy McMorris Rodgers
"We've set aside tens of millions of acres of those northwestern forests for perpetuity. The unemployment rate has gone not up, but down. The economy has gone up."
- Bruce Babbitt
"And the beautiful open spaces, the forests of Pennsylvania, the recreational uses that come from having these green open spaces and forests, they contribute dramatically to the level of our tourism, dramatically."
- Ed Rendell
"Not since the days of George W. Bush's 'Clear Skies' and 'Healthy Forests' initiatives has America been presented with a project as cravenly corporate and backward-looking as the Keystone XL pipeline."
- Jeff Goodell
"While many alien species are harmless, others pose expensive threats to seas and fields and forests."
- Nancy Gibbs
"New York has more hermits than will be found in all the forests, mountains and deserts of the United States."
- Simeon Strunsky
"When I did finally live in the Dandenongs, the mountain ash forests became an important part of my life."
- Morris Gleitzman
"I didn't know much about the Mexican gray wolf before January 2011, when we contributed a flight in our Pilatus PC12 to the effort to re-establish the wolf in the forests of Arizona and New Mexico."
- Joy Covey