20. March 2024

International Forest Day - how you can get active

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.

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 Workcamps you can get involved in projects that plant trees or protect forests. 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...

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" we will continue to work on 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?