The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed March 21 the International Day of Forests in 2012, in order to raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests.
In previous years, communities were urged to promote local forests and trees with events and campaigns. Unfortunately, these are being cancelled or postponed world-wide. However, the good news is that organizations are countering this with their own, safer ways to celebrate:
- Visit the United Nations website to learn more about this year's theme, Forests and Biodiversity: Too Precious to Lose. Make sure to check out this year's video as well (and previous years, too!).
- The Food and Agriculture Organization has downloadable logos, banners, and posters to share, such as the one above.
- Join the conversation on social media with #IntlForestDay. Share your insight or pictures of your favorite forest or tree-planting memories. Let others know that our planet's natural resources are not forgotten, even in these challenging times.
- Brush up on your tree and forest trivia with 15 Astounding Fact About Trees from Mother Nature Network.
- Adopt a tree and help reforestation with Replant Amazon or honor a loved one with a Gift Memorial of Trees from American Forests*.
- Relax with your family and stream some of the many movies and documentaries focused on trees, forests, and our relationship with the flora and fauna living in them.
- Download games and coloring pages to teach younger kids about trees and forests. There are many online resources for these.
- Check out an eBook from your local library. The great thing about online books is that they are available for all ages and all interest levels, whether you are wanting a picture book to identify trees or a thrilling novel that takes place deep in a mysterious forest! Many are also available in e-audio format for easy listening.
- Listen to tree or forest related Podcasts. PlayerFM has a list of their favorites and instructions on how to listen. You can even fall asleep to sounds of the forest!
- Take a virtual hike! No gear is needed when you take a virtual tour of some of the world's most enchanting forests. The best part? You choose the weather! YouTube, Google Street View, and some national forest websites have these options available.
Most importantly, keep in mind that our current situation is not forever. We will be free to spend time with loved ones and nature soon enough, and will be all the more appreciative for it. Meanwhile, with a little out-of-the-box thinking, we can still enjoy International Day of Forests 2020.
Please let us know how you observed the day this year!
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