Mankind has been treating forests as an endless resource for wood, paper, re-development and other selfish and one sided benefits. However forests are not an abundant resource and certainly not only there for humanity to survive. Nature has it that forests are also vital to the survival of animals, proper balance of the ecosystem, atmospheric substances, the mere existence of all life on this planet.
In the past seventy years deforestation has been a real issue on earth. Deforestation is the clearance of forests on a massive scale often resulting in defacing the landscape and bringing devastation to wildlife and the quality of the land. Although forests still cover about 30% of the total land area on this planet, they’re growing smaller, at a rate that if it continues will completely destroy them in about one hundred years from now.
As humans we have a responsibility if not to improve to leave this planet the way we found it. Yet so many of us forget our accountability.
The United Nations by declaration of its Committee 61/193 (par. 1) has “Decided to declare 2011 the International Year of Forests” in -
Reaffirming its commitment to the Non-legally Binding Authoritative Statement of Principles for a Global Consensus on the Management, Conservation and Sustainable Development of All Types of Forests and Agenda 21, adopted at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, the United Nations Millennium Declaration, adopted at the Millennium Summit in 2000, the Johannesburg Declaration on Sustainable Development and the Plan of Implementation of the World Summit on Sustainable Development, adopted at the World Summit on Sustainable Development, held in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2002,
Recalling the Convention on Biological Diversity, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in Those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa, and other relevant conventions dealing with the complexity of forest issues,
Recognizing that forests and sustainable forest management can contribute significantly to sustainable development, poverty eradication and the achievement of internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals,
Recalling Economic and Social Council decision 2006/230 of 24 July 2006,
Emphasizing the need for sustainable management of all types of forests, including fragile forest ecosystems,
Convinced that concerted efforts should focus on raising awareness at all levels to strengthen the sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests for the benefit of current and future generations…
You can read the full declaration on this United Nations page.
In support of the United Nations resolution a number of countries have organised functions that will bring awareness about the importance of Forests in our lives. Countries like Cyprus, Guatemala, Turkey and others have embarked on a mission to inform, create competitions, workshops and activities in order to teach their citizens to protect world forests. A full list of these countries and their activities you will find here. Regretably, Australia and Greece abstain from this kind of activity, as far as we know, hence the competition organised by Diasporic Literature Spot is more important. We must all show that we’re regretting significant changes of our living environment.
First we need to teach ourselves to be sensitive, then to teach ourselves to direct this sensitivity to things that matter for our survival, finally we need to apply what we’ve learned and protect what we share for ours and the next generations.
At Diasporic Literature Spot, we are aware of our responsibility, aware of the message we need to convey to the general public, especially developers, loggers, paper mills, wood chipping companies and the like. Please support our cause, by joining us and adding your own personal message below that will be forwarded with your name or pseudonym to a large number of organisations around the globe.
Thank you for your time, the Forests are really losing their time fast…