A good to know fact - the concept of World Forestry Day originated at the 23rd General Assembly of the European Confederation of Agriculture in 1971.
Celebrated every year on March 21, World Forestry Day aims to raise environmental awareness among people and make them realize the significance and contribution of forests in balancing the natural life-cycle of our planet. Whether it is a reason to celebrate or mourn, I'll leave it to you to decide once you have gone through the pictures (then and now) and facts mentioned below.
Do you see the difference? It is alarming!
Chopping down forests in hilly areas is loosening the soil, giving rise to floods and uncontrolled rain.
The natural scenic beauty of this place is being trodden upon by visitors. Imagine what will be left of it in five years from now!
This is what is left of the Trinity watershed. Are we this helpless?
The Tar Sands mining operation in Canada has reduced the once "sunlit green forest" to a "dystopian slurry-field".
One of the largest saline lakes in the world has been shrinking at an alarming rate due to irrigation and drought. If this doesn't scare you, what will?!
In the last two decades, only 1% of trees have been planted whereas the rule of Forest department is to plant 10 trees for every 1 tree that is cut.
From a godly green to a barren brown, this picture of the transformed Amazon Rainforest is a slap in the face for mankind.
Fortunately, certain parts of the world have started working on saving their soil and their efforts should be applauded. Forests of Vermont were cleared in the 1800's (picture on the left) but finding the land less productive to modern agriculture, it was left to "grow up". Common northern hardwoods started taking over the barren land, and today, the area is 80% forested again. Cheers!
Earth Enterprise has come up with the most efficient way of reducing or eliminating the carbon footprint by planting more "useful trees" (UTs). The value of these UTs is not restricted to their timber alone, which means that these trees have almost zero chances of being cut down. The picture above shows how a dry land is now booming with trees and greenery, thanks to the efforts of the Earth Enterprise.
The restored wilderness of the Hillside Farms of Pahaquarry astonishes us beyond belief with their amazing transformation.
To resume our planet's good health and well-being, deforestation and over-gazing need to be avoided. We have the power to transform our world, but the choice is between "for the better" and "for the worse." Let's blow life into our dying planet, paint it green by planting more trees and restoring the natural beauty of our planet that has been selflessly blessing us with everything it has.
Don't we all truly want to celebrate the World Forestry Day? Let us know your views in the comment section.