U.N. Launches International Year of Forests

New York, NY – On February 2nd the United Nations launched 2011: International Year of Forests. Recognizing the role that forests play in everything from mitigating climate change to providing wood, medicines and livelihoods for people worldwide, the United Nations today kicked off a year-long celebration to raise awareness of the value of this important resource.

“Forests for People” is the main theme of the International Year of Forests, which was launched at a ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York attended by world leaders, Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai and forest experts.

The General Assembly declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests to raise awareness on the management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests, on which at least 1.6 billion people depend for their daily livelihoods and subsistence needs. Forests are also home to over 60 million people, mainly members of indigenous and local communities, who reside in forests.

“By declaring 2011 as the International Year of Forests, the United Nations General Assembly has created an important platform to educate the global community about the great value of forests – and the extreme social, economic and environmental costs of losing them,” noted Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. (Learn More)

With 2011 as the International Year of Forests, this is a great opportunity to tie in the Go Green Youth Challenge on a global and local level. World leaders have declared forests as important components to human survival and prosperity. Take this opportunity to investigate the importance of forests with youth and talk about the impacts of losing them. Even better incorporate the video below into your conversation about forests. You can also receive a free forest poster from Good Planet.

There has never been a better time to become involved in the Go Green Youth Challenge and contribute to making a difference then right now.

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