09. March 2021

#HugATreeDay: Why forests are important for all of us

Rainforest, coniferous or mixed forests - around 30% of the land area on our earth is covered by forests. But this area is getting smaller and smaller.

Every year we lose 10 million hectares of forest worldwide - an area about the size of Iceland. Forests are crucial for our health and for climate protection. Forests provide us with a variety of raw materials that we use in paper, wood and construction industries. Forests are home to many medicinal plants: did you know that between 25 and 80 percent of all medicines are herbal? In addition, forests offer us fresh air, clean water and, last but not least, space for relaxation and relaxed walks.

In Germany alone, forests absorb over 50 million tons of CO2 from the atmosphere every year. With the restoration and sustainable management of the forests, we can therefore take action against several problems of the climate crisis. Many voluntary services offer you practical opportunities to get involved in projects that involve planting trees or protecting forests. No time for a workcamp? Then use the International Day of Forests to make your fellow human beings aware of the importance of the forest:

50 years ago, March 21 was proclaimed International Forest Day for the first time by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Together with the partner organizations in the CCIVS network, we invite you to join us on this day to set an example for the protection of the forest. How? It's simple: If you take a photo on your next walk in the forest and post it on social networks, use the hashtags #hugatreeday and #IntlForestDay and share with your friends why the forest is important to you.

You live in the city and the nearest forest is far away? Even a single tree in your neighborhood will be happy about a hug or some attention. In many cities you can even sponsor and take care of the small beds around trees along streets in the city.

You are interested in discussing more ideas on the topic of sustainable living and working with us?

Since 2017 there has been a working group in our association that deals with the question of how IBG can continue to become more sustainable. Just contact Jannika for more information.