Today is International Day of Forests

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Happy International Day of Forests! Originally set up as World Forestry Day in 1971. at the European Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organisation, the celebration later evolved into the International Day of Forests in 2012, when the United Nations passed a resolution to celebrate this every year on March 21.

The livelihoods of about 1.5 billion people depend on forests, and forests are home to around 300 million people worldwide. Forests cover 1/3 of the world’s total land area.

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Forests provide a significant amount of air we breathe. Forests regulate climate, mitigate floods, protect land, provide drinking water, provide shelter to various wild species….

But, as usual, forests are subject to excessive deforestation and pollution. Many people and especially companies do not care about the consequences for surroundings for destroying our forests!