March 21st is International Day of Forests

March 21st is International Day of Forests
March 1, 2017 Christina Mullin

We need forests…and our forests need you!

 March 21 is the United Nations’ International Day of Forests, which promotes the importance of forests and trees in our lives, and the issues with deforestation.

 Each year more than 32 million acres of forests are lost, an area roughly the size of England. As go the forests, so go the plant and animal species that they embrace – 80% of all terrestrial biodiversity.

Most importantly, forests play a critical role in climate change including global warming. Equally crucial, healthy forests are one of the world’s primarycarbon sinks.

Forests provide food, fiber, water and medicines for approximately 1.6 billion of the world’s poorest people, including indigenous peoples with unique cultures, and protect watersheds, which supply fresh water to rivers.

Trees help clean the air, and remove tons of pollution from the air every year. In fact, an acre of forest can consume all the pollution produced by a car driven 26,000 miles a year.

 To learn more about how to protect the forests:

http://www.americanforests.org

http://www.nature.org

http://www.conservation.org/Pages/default.aspx

http://www.rainforest-alliance.org