Every year on the 21st of March, we join a very special celebration that takes place all around the world. This event is both a big celebration on its own, but also a unique opportunity to spread awareness. Can you guess why today is so extraordinary?
This day marks the 10th annual celebration of the international day of forests!
International forest day was established in 2012 by the United Nations General Assembly. This event represents a unification of two commemorations: Forest Day and World Forestry Day. As such, it celebrates the importance of every tree, forest and forestry as a whole.
The importance of forests
Forests provide a home for 80% of terrestrial animal and plant species. This includes 80% of amphibians, 75% of birds, and 68% of mammals. There are also more than 60,000 different tree species. Apart from providing a habitat for so many forms of life, forests also produce wood. Wood is a material with wide use and many applications. It has been around since the dawn of man and has helped shape early cultures. We use wood to build construction, furniture, utensils, clothes, and even food and medicine. Wood is also a perfect replacement for harmful materials such as plastic, rubber and concrete.
Forests are the planet’s lungs. They absorb greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and produce oxygen through photosynthesis. Almost one-third of the carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels is absorbed by the trees in forests around the world.
What is the real threat to forests?
With such immense benefits to mankind, it is unimaginable to think what might happen if forests were to disappear. Even though a scenario like this is very unlikely, forests are in danger. Every year, around 10 million hectares of forest land are lost due to deforestation. This is why it is very important to raise awareness by supporting reforestation initiatives.
What are we at Coorest doing about that?
Coorest is all about reforestation! Did you know that our NFTrees are linked to the real trees in our beautiful orchard in Spain? We are preparing to plant 5500 fig trees in our fruit garden in Zaragoza, a warm paradise in the northeastern part of Spain.
This is a great opportunity to celebrate Mother Earth. Even if you just take some time to walk in the forest today, you’ve achieved much. The wonders of nature are here to heal humanity.
If you want to know more about what we do and how we work on forest preservation, you can support our NFTree projects. We can help you get your own NFTree with some truly amazing real-life effects. Check out our NFTrees on our partner website Venly for more information.