2011: The International Year of Forests

Candice Gaukel Andrews September 15, 2011 3

The Earth has lost more than half of its trees since human beings first learned how to wield the axe.

Guardians of our climate and protectors of our health, trees first appeared on Earth more 380 million years ago. Our planet’s forests store more carbon than is contained in the Earth’s entire atmosphere, and they give off oxygen—making it possible for us to live here. Some put it this way: our cells “speak the same language” as the trees.

Even our rainfall is born in the forests—through transpiration, the water absorbed by tree roots is given off as water vapor. Trees produce substances that seed the clouds; and the vapor, condensing, then becomes flowing water.

Forests are home to more than half of the world’s species, and half of our medications come from plants.

Unfortunately, there’s another “half” figure that isn’t so good. Half of the forests that existed at the dawn of agriculture have been destroyed. Forests today need our protection and our help.

That’s why the United Nations has declared 2011 the International Year of Forests. Watch this seven-and-a-half-minute film from the U.N. on this incredible natural habitat.

Here’s to finding your true places and natural habitats,





  1. Jim December 11, 2011 at 11:33 am - Reply

    Beautiful little film this.

  2. John Howard Gaukel September 16, 2011 at 7:50 am - Reply

    If we take care of Mother Earth, Mother Earth will take care of use. If we abuse her we will ultimately pay a awful price.

  3. Sage Warrior Merari September 15, 2011 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    I live in a beautiful place that use to be filled with old growth woods…Majestic Cedars, Old man Firs, Maples, Alders and so many more. So much of the trees have been cut down, only leaving a swath along the road ways, taking everything else. If one hikes into the mountains, the real truth reveals itself. It makes my heart ache with sorrow over this.

    I will hope and pray that we will all honor the Forests, not only this year, but all years.

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