I missed out on International Day of Forests this year (it was March 21). I love trees, and I love taking photos of them, so I thought I would pay a little photographic tribute to these incredible living beings (well, that is how I see them). Please see a gallery of a few of my photos below – the island’s trees, in all their rich diversity.
I have to confess that I am not at all good at identifying trees (unless they’re a bearing fruit tree, of course!) So it seems appropriate that this year’s theme is “Trees and Education.” I need to educate myself! As you can see from my captions, there are major gaps in my knowledge. And here are some messages from the day, to keep in mind:
- Understanding our forests and keeping them healthy is crucial for our future. Forests will be more important than ever as the world population climbs to 8.5 billion by 2030.
- You’re never too young to start learning about trees. Helping children connect with nature creates future generations conscious of the benefits of trees and forests and the need to manage them sustainably.
- Both modern and traditional knowledge are key to keeping forests healthy. While foresters should know and understand nature well, they should also learn to use cutting-edge technology to ensure that our forests are monitored and managed sustainably.
- Investing in forestry education can change the world for the better. Countries can help ensure there are scientists, policymakers, foresters and local communities working to halt deforestation and restore degraded landscapes.
- Women and men should have equal access to forest education. Gender parity in forest education empowers rural women to sustainably manage forests.