International Day of Forests: 21 March

March 21 is the United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Forests, which promotes the importance of forests and trees in our lives. The 2017 theme is ‘Forests and energy’.This global celebration of forests provides a platform to raise awareness of the importance of all types of woodlands and trees, and celebrate the ways in which they sustain and protect us.

This year we highlight the importance of wood energy in improving people’s lives, powering sustainable development and mitigating climate change. 
The major highlights are as follows:
1.Wood is a major renewable energy source– Wood provides the world with more energy than solar, hydroelectric or wind power, accounting for roughly 45 percent of current global renewable energy supply. 

2.Wood energy powers economic development– Almost 900 million people, mostly in developing countries, are engaged in the wood-energy sector on a part- or full-time basis. Modernizing the wood energy sector can help revitalize rural economies and stimulate enterprise development.

3.Wood and trees contribute to optimal urban living and lower energy bills –  Strategically placed trees in urban areas can cool the air by between 2 to 8 degrees Celcius.
4.Wood energy mitigates climate change and fosters sustainable development– Globally, forests hold an energy content approximately 10 times that of the world’s annual primary energy consumption. 

Source-  New york Times

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