2011: the year of forests, celebrating forests for people


This video is worth the whole seven and a half minutes. I wish it was an hour long program! I suggest watching it in HD, fullscreen. Most of the information I already knew, but it’s a good reminder and it’s important to stay conscious of what is going on in the world around us. Even so, some of the statistics are shocking and are not talked about enough. As for the places shown in this short film, many of the forests and trees are unlike any I’ve seen. Absolutely stunning!

The United Nations General Assembly have declared 2011 the “UN International Year of Forests”. This is the official film for the International Year of Forests, Of Forests and Men, by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and GoodPlanet, the same filmmakers of the documentary Home which was equally amazing. I found out about the UN International Year of Forests on Swiss Info which features beautiful photographs of forests in Switzerland. The UN decided to make 2011 the IYOF “to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests.”

In honor the the IYOF, you can check out the UN IYOF web page to see if there are any events in your area or GoodPlanet’s Forest website (they have a whole Take Action page and a collection of gorgeous forest photos!). You can also take a walk in a nearby forest and do what you can to help forests around the world:

Happy International Year of Forests!

  • http://www.pipandestella.com/blog Sana

    I just worked with the Arbor Day foundation on a big tree-planting campaign but one deed alone is never enough. Thanks for reminding us about all the things we can do. It adds up!

  • http://sensiblyluxe.squarespace.com Gabriella

    I really try to avoid using paper as much as possible (catalog collecting and paper bills included). Thank you for sharing!

  • http://www.avillagetown.com Krystal/Village

    It makes forests look so mysterious and alive! I love the info and statistics :)

  • Misty :)

    This video was awesome. I love the different views of the forests they showed. And I loved all the facts and stats they provided. I probably learned more from this video than I did in any of my science classes!!! And I’m definitely working on helping forests!! I always pay my bills online :) and I recycle all paper and won’t print any out unless its absolutely necessary! And guess what!! I’m going to be planting one or two trees in Rich’s backyard this Spring/Summer :)