International Day of Forests

This global celebration of forests provides a platform to raise awareness of the importance of all types of woodlands and trees, and celebrate the ways in which they sustain and protect us. Celebrated on March 21, it is held annually to raise awareness of the importance of forests to people.

The key message is that forests and trees store carbon, which helps mitigate the impact of climate change in and around urban areas.

Trees also improve the local climate, helping to save energy used for heating by 20-50 per cent.

Urban trees are excellent air filters, removing harmful pollutants in the air and fine particulates.

Local populations use the fruits, nuts, leaves and insects found in urban trees to produce food and medicines for use in the home, or as a source of income.

Forests in cities and surrounding areas generate tourism, create tens of thousands of jobs and encourage city beautification schemes, building dynamic, energetic and prosperous green economies.

Urban green spaces, including forests, encourage active and healthy lifestyles, improve mental health, prevent disease, and provide a place for people to socialise.

So think before you cut a tree, wish all nature lovers happy forest day.

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