Every 21 March since 2012 has been designated as a UN observance called “International Day of Forests”. It was established by the UN General Assembly as a day to appreciate the importance of forests and of trees to our world and to raise awareness of the threat of runaway deforestation.
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Over 32 million acres of forests are lost with every passing year. This removes vital habitats for numerous plant and animal species, lowers carbon dioxide absorption and oxygen production, and increases the world’s collective carbon footprint. In fact, almost as much CO2 is emitted during deforestation efforts as is by the world transportation industry. Forests still cover around 30 percent of Earth’s land mass, but these important natural resources are shrinking day by day.
On International Day of Forests, efforts are made to raise awareness about the importance of forests in special events held all over the world. One of the most common Forest Day events is that of community tree planting campaigns.