Life depends on forests

For people the world over, our present and our future depends on conserving and restoring our worlds forests. Let us use World Environment Day to be aware that every individual can make a difference and that collectively, we start the ripple effect. Stop and think how it will affect humanity in the long term

World Environment Day June 5

We need to be more conscious of the many essential life sustaining and natural resource values that forests provide that we take for granted. We as humans are dependent on our forests. They provide clean air.

Forests are a major ally in our ongoing battle against climate change
Forests are a major ally in our ongoing battle against climate change

How many of us are aware that more than three quarters of the worlds accessible fresh water comes from forested catchment areas? They regulate water for many of our worlds river systems. Forests cover 31% of the earths total land area and, being one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems, they are home to thousands of species, including many threatened and endangered animals. The Vumba forests in eastern Zimbabwe shelter the critically endangered Samango Monkey.

Forests are a major ally in our ongoing battle against climate change, we need to protect, rehabilitate and conserve them.

When we see or experience the negative effects of climate change and environmental degradation, it is easy to blame others – governments for not prioritizing environmental policy; corporate organizations and industry for polluting; NGOs for not lobbying strongly enough for the environment; and individuals for not taking action.

World Environment Day is the day we put aside our differences and instead celebrate the achievements weve made towards protecting the environment. By celebrating World Environment Day, we remind ourselves and others of the importance of caring for our environment.

What can you do?

Together with Tikki Hywood, Environment Africa has trained and deployed WEPU, Wildlife Environment Protection Units. What action can you take? It costs US$2000 a month to keep a full team deployed on a permanent basis. We need your financial support to continue and expand this project. Visit our website to see how you can donate. –

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