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Happy International Day of the Forest!

Way back in 2012 the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to observe 21 March as the International Day of Forests every year. Their aim was to raise awareness of the role and importance of forests around the world. 1.6 billion people depend directly on forests for food and shelter, and the other 6 billion of us are pretty much dependent on the services that forests provide too. Many of these services are vital things that we take for granted like the air we breathe. Believe it or not one third of the Earth’s land mass is covered in forests that are incredibly diverse. Forests are home to an incredible 80% of the species of plants and animals found on the planet’s surface. Sadly, these global forests are under attack. 13 million hectares (that’s 13 million international sized football pitches) are destroyed every year. This deforestation s one of the biggest sources of the greenhouse gas emissions that are causing climate change. Thinking globally makes me appreciate the benefits we receive from our woodlands even more. Cumbernauld is very lucky