Saturday, 21 March 2020
I’m probably not going to tell you anything that you don’t already know here. We interact with wood every day of our lives in one form or another. Whether it’s in our hands, above our heads, against our walls, under our plates or under our feet, it’s an integral part of our lives. We need to stay friends with wood. I know that sounds silly, but we do. To explain, we need to understand our world’s trees. Our forests need to to be nurtured, not chopped down unreplaced. We need to keep them as healthy as possible so that they can help to support our future, as our planet’s population is due to reach 8.5 billion over the next ten years.
Our children know what’s going on and really care. Us adults also know the score but stupidly don’t do anything about the criminals who are raping the planet. By the time the children reach adulthood, they’re anesthetised by greedy governments into no longer caring. It’s so sad. If we don’t do something now – not soon – future generations will suffer. Forests are disappearing so completely that replanting them isn’t an option. Once a rainforest has gone, the ecology that governs the local weather changes and can then no longer sustain any replanted trees. We really are doing a job on ourselves!
Money and greed are ensuring that our forests aren’t monitored or managed properly, which will only end one way – unsustainable life on Earth. Yes, it sounds like doom-merchantism, but if nobody does anything to stop the rot, it’ll happen.
Investment in forestry education could make a difference to the world, but the policy-makers need to make it happen now. The International Day of Forests is an official UN observance, scheduled for Saturday, 21 March 2020. Hopefully, your kids will be involved in events at school around that weekend, but unless adults join in too, it’ll be for nought. What are you going to do for International Day of Forests?