FAO launches Forest Action Day to raise awareness of woodlands role against climate change
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation (FAO) has launched its Forest Action Day Campaign for today 8 November 2016.
The initiative aims to increase awareness of the importance of forests worldwide in view of the Marrakech Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP22) currently taking place in Morocco.
By joining the campaign, companies, organisations and ordinary citizens will support FAO plea to governments to take action to protect, restore and sustainably manage the world’s forests.
"Forests matter in the fight against climate change. They absorb and store carbon as they grow, removing emissions from the atmosphere. Even wood products keep carbon safely locked up for the duration of their lifespan", say the Campaign organisers.
"But deforestation and forest degradation have the opposite effect, releasing carbon back into the atmosphere. Currently, deforestation and forest degradation account for up to 12 percent of global carbon emissions – that’s more than all of the world’s planes, trains, cars and ships combined."
"To put a stop to global warming, we need to halt deforestation, restore degraded forests, and ensure all types of forest are managed sustainably."
To join the Forest Action Day, think about what forests mean to you and compose a simple message beginning with the phrase “#ForestsMatter to me because….”
Post on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook adding the hashtags #ForestActionDay and #COP22
If you like, you could also record a short video of your favourite forest on your smartphone or take a photo to add to your post. FAO will compile a collection of the messages and share the best ones via @FAOForestry Twitter.