The date was chosen because March 21st matches with the entrance of spring in the northern hemisphere and autumn in the southern hemisphere.
The International Forest Day has as its main goal to raise awareness about the importance of taking care and preserving all forest areas of the planet and thereby the survival of all species.
When we drink a glass of water, write in a note book, take fever medicines or build a house, we don’t always relate these actions with the forests.
Forests are critical to the well-being of present and future generations, play a key role in poverty eradication, and contribute to the achievement of many of the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
But despite the remarkable ecological, economic and social benefits, forests are threatened by forest fires, drought, pests and unprecedented deforestation.
Some practical advice on how to care for forests:
Start Recycling: Is a pretty ecological way to protect the forests, reusing materials such as paper, cardboard, plastic, aluminum, among others.
Avoid Cigarettes: A highly polluting agent for the Earth, due to the amount of carbon monoxide, cyanide and cyanide released into the atmosphere.
Avoid lighting bonfires and campfires: A common practice among people, but that terribly damages the environment.
Plant plants or trees: You can do this in any space of your home or garden and you will be contributing to the balance of the planet.