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Forest restoration: a path to recovery and well-being

The world’s forests are a shared stolen treasure that we must put back for our children’s future.

Roosevelt called them “The lungs of the Earth,” Robert Frost and millions of poets were inspired by them, and Sting is fighting to save them. We’re talking about forests. And celebrities aren’t the only ones who feel a strong connection with them. We all do. Just a simple walk in the woods can calm and invigorate our senses. In fact, the forests are so crucial to the future of our planet that the UN declared March 21 to be the International Day of Forests. For many years now, this amazing global celebration has been creating awareness all over the world about the importance of forests. They are one of our greatest natural treasures that we must preserve and protect.

Forests are complex ecosystems that support a range of plants and animals. The kinds of animals in a forest are related to the kinds of plants in the forest, plus other factors such as climate, soils, and landforms.

There are many ways in which we can celebrate and learn about forests. The opportunities are many, and one action can have a ripple effect and make a greater impact than we think possible. One person planting a single tree can result in restoring a wildlife habitat; it can result in providing a more sustainable and positive future for the next generation.

The Conference of Parties 26, also adopted a decision on forest biodiversity, which encourages Parties, when developing and implementing their forest policy, to consider other land uses, including agriculture, green areas in urban spaces, climate change mitigation and the impact of unsustainable forest use.  Forests trap carbon to prevent global warming. They stabilize the climate, control atmospheric temperatures, protect watershed areas, regulate the water cycle, and enrich the soil. And that’s not all that forests do for our environment!

Saving Trees – the first action taken by Soroptimist in 1921. Soroptimist members, Clubs, Regions, National Associations and Countries in SIGBI, are supporting #PlantTrees, a Campaign to Plant Trees for a Brilliant Future.

As we mark our centenary this year, Soroptimists have taken up Mangrove plantation in the Sundarban Mangrove Forests, the largest mangroves in the world, to provide a wide range of important ecosystem services and protection against the worst effects of natural hazards, such as with cyclones and tsunamis.

Yet another novel idea of planting an urban forests in the backyard of schools and institutions using Akira Miyawaki’s forestation method have been taken up by Soroptimists. It also makes the students aware about conserving nature and the importance of the trees.

“Trees exhale for us so that we can inhale them to stay alive. Can we ever forget that? Let us love trees with every breath we take until we perish.”― Munia Khan

Anitha Rajarajan
APD Planet