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.
Over 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).
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.
In many volunteer services and work camps you can get involved in projects that plant trees or protect forests. This summer in Germany, for example, we are inviting international volunteers to help us protect native plants from neophytes (invasive plant species) in the Black Forest. In autumn we are bringing an international group to the forest conservation center in Ober-Olm and are helping to set up a tree nursery.
No time for a workcamp? Then use the International Forest Day to make your fellow human beings aware of the importance of the forest
Here's how you can get active around International Forest Day:
Organize an event that protects the forest or take part in it: tree planting campaign, exhibitions, photo competition or debate... At the University of Forestry Rottenburg (near Tübingen), in Stuttgart in the Bopserwald, around the Königsstuhl in Heidelberg, in the Enzkreis or in the Kolbingen municipality in the Tuttlingen district you can join other volunteers on March 19th as part of the Forest Cleanup Day.
You live in the city and the nearest forest is far away? Even a single tree in your neighborhood is guaranteed to be happy about some attention. In many German cities, you can sponsor the 'Baumscheibe', which is what the small beds around trees along streets in the city are called.
Will you work with us to protect the climate thorugh voluntary work in forests?
Under the motto "Let's take action for climate protection", in 2022 we are dealing with the topic of climate protection in forests and bogs both in our workcamps and in our full-time team and with our voluntary group leaders and team leaders. Will you join us?