2011 International Year of the Forest

Sat, Jan 1, 2011

Climate Change, Trees

A new year brings hope and optimism for the planet and how we look after it.

Following the recent advances on limiting deforestation at the Climate Change summit in Cancun, it is good to know that this year will see preservation of our forests as a top priority all over the world.

The United Nations Assembley has declared 2011 to be International Year of the Forest in order to create a global platform that celebrates people’s action to sustainably manage the world’s forests..It aims to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all forests.

Forests cover 31% of the earth’s total land area and 1.6 billion people depend on forests whilst 300 million call forests their home.

Deforestation in developing countries accounts for around 15% of total global greenhouse gas emissions. This is more than the emissions from all the world’s ships, cars, trains and planes combined.

Reducing deforestation and forest degradation can bring about the largest, fastest and cheapest cuts in global emissions.

We really need to look after our trees and forests  in 2011 and beyond.


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I am not an experienced gardener - more of an enthusiastic amateur who learns by trial and error and who is keen to "manage" the effects of shifting weather patterns on my garden. Writing this blog is my passion and it has evolved over 12 years to inspire engagement with climate change outside our back doors, in our personal gardens and green spaces. My mission is to fertilise and expand this platform to grow a community of global gardeners communicating about the effects of climate change on our plants and exploring how each individual can make small changes in our lives to become more sustainable. The future of our gardens and #OurPlanet is in our hands - please plant your own seeds for our collective sustainable future.

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