OK, it’s not strictly in line with the Carbon Fast Calendar, but this year marks the first International Day of the Forest, ever. An International Day of Forestry has been around for some 30 years, but this year, we can focus on forests on a single day. I share this a few days prior to the celebration so you can make your own plans.
Forests will play a central role in human attempts to transition towards a sustainable future. The full text of the UN resolution proclaiming the IDOF can be read at http://www.un.org/esa/forests/international-day-of-forests.html . See also the UN forum on Forests at http://www.un.org/esa/forests/ .
It’s purpose is to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types of forest and of trees outside forests. We are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns.
For those requiring further information, the third chapter in the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) latest report on the State of the World’s Forests includes suggestions for future strategies in realizing the potential contribution for consideration by leaders inside and outside the forest sector at the local, national and global levels. Goto http://www.fao.org/forestry/sofo/en/
In the Anglican Community, readers of this blog will be interested to learn of the work of Land for Life, a ministry run by Andrew and Maria Leake in Argentina. Specifically they work to preserve forest lands threatened by development and support the people who depend on them for their livelihood. For these folks and their work, our prayers continue. A link to a recent newsletter is at http://www.downanddromore.org/cmsfiles/moved/files/l/Land-for-Life-Feb13.pdf
Otherwise, let’s celebrate our forests. Send us some pictures. Here is a link to some of my own in a forest area close to where I live.
Either add a comment with a link to this post, or email me directly at email@example.com with your images and I will put up a gallery.