Friday, 17 March 2017
Today is International Day of Forests 2017!
Today celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests, all around the world.
Countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organise activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns. The theme for each International Day of Forests is chosen by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests. The theme for 2017 is Forests and Energy.
© FAO#LoveForests: IDF 2017 video campaign
Forests are nature’s powerhouse! They are the largest source of renewable energy in the world, providing people with wood fuel to heat homes, cook meals and boil water. But they also energise people in other ways – for example by providing forest foods like berries and mushrooms – or even recharging people’s spirits by providing a place for recreation, peace and inspiration.
To celebrate the International Day of Forests on 21 March and this year’s theme, Forests and energy, FAO are asking you to get out into your local forest – or park, if you live in a city – and make a short video of yourself (or with your friends) telling them how the forest energises you. Feel free to use a smartphone or any other video device – you don’t have to use professional equipment!
For information on the video campaign, click here.
For information on International Day of Forests events, click here.