Raise a toast to the Lungs of the Earth on International Forests Day

Grab your hiking boots and go through a forest. Take a deep breath, savour the clean air, and marvel at nature's air purifier. Search for hidden treasures - from silent streams to loud waterfalls. Listen to birds and look out for tiny frogs and rare plants. Smell herbs and spices and enjoy nature's aromatherapy. Hug a tree and thank the forest for all it provides. International Forests Day is here and it’s time to celebrate these ecological superheroes.

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Forests provide numerous benefits to both the environment and humans

Forests provide numerous benefits to both the environment and humans, and every year on March 21, we are reminded of this.

They bustle with life and are home to a wide variety of plant and animal species.

They provide clean air and water. They act as natural filters and maintain a balanced water supply. They are natural buffers against floods, landslides, and soil erosion, protecting homes and infrastructure.

As carbon sinks, they regulate the Earth's climate. By preserving and restoring forests, we can significantly reduce climate change impacts.

Forests provide numerous economic benefits by supporting sectors like tourism, agriculture, and education. Natural habitats, wildlife, and breathtaking scenery attract tourists to the forests. Agriculture benefits from nutrient cycling, pollination, seed dispersal, and climate and water regulation. Many schools and universities offer programs in forest management, ecology, and environmental studies.

We go to forests for recreation and to enjoy outdoor activities including walking, hiking and birdwatching. Forests are a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. They support spiritual and mental well-being helping to reduce stress and increase happiness.

Forests are sources of medicinal plants, food, and materials for traditional crafts, offering valuable cultural resources.

Forests are more than just a collection of trees

What makes up a forest?

A forest is a complex ecosystem made up of trees, shrubs, herbs, and other plants. But they're more than just a collection of trees - they're dynamic ecosystems that encompass all life, including animals and microorganisms. Among the most distinguishing features of a forest is its canopy, the upper layer formed by mature trees' crowns. They shade the forest floor and support a variety of life forms. An understory of smaller trees, shrubs, and plants lies beneath the canopy. Various wildlife also live here. Leaf litter, fallen branches, decaying organic matter, and rich forest soil cover the forest floor. Numerous organisms, including fungi, insects, and small mammals, depend on it.

How can we support forests?

plant more trees

Plant trees or organize a tree-planting event in your community.

Volunteer your time to forest conservation projects, such as reforestation, wildlife surveys, invasive species removal, or habitat restoration. Support organizations that advocate for the conservation of forests.

Take steps to reduce our carbon footprint, for example by conserving water and energy. Reduce waste and pollution, and encourage others to do the same. Choose products made from sustainably managed forests.

Create awareness.  Share articles, and social media posts, or organize events to educate others about the importance of forests.

Most importantly, explore your local forests and appreciate their beauty, biodiversity, and serenity. Every day is a good day to celebrate the wonders of the forest!

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