This year’s theme ‘Caring for wetlands – an answer
to climate change’ highlights the opportunity to manage
biodiversity wisely to help cope with climate change.
events celebrated across the world visit:
World Forestry Day
World Forestry Day is celebrated around the world on 21 March, the day of the autumn equinox in the Southern Hemisphere. This day commemorates the contribution and value of forests and forestry to the community. The greenteacher website suggests various ways students can
contribute towards conserving tree resources:
- Use forest, its products or management as the theme of a project at school. This will help students learn more on forests.
- Students can grow/plant trees and shrubs at home, in their neighborhood. One can use ice cream cups for planting the seedlings.
- Recycle paper: Students can tear out unused pages from old notebooks and use them. This can be made into an excellent slam book, with papers of different colours, shades and sizes!
- Students can reuse greeting cards by cutting out the picture and writing their message behind it. This is a good way to save money and to save trees! And yes ask them to think before they throw away anything, they may be able to use it again.
- Plants and trees attract a lot of birds, butterflies and other insect life. Encourage students to invite birds by building bird feeders and nesting boxes on the trees.
World Water Day
Theme: Clean Water for a Healthy World
International World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference
on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United
Nations General Assembly responded by designating
22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day. Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater. World Water Day 2010 is dedicated to the theme of water quality, reflecting its importance
alongside quantity of the resource in water management. Its campaign is envisaged to:
- Raise awareness about sustaining healthy ecosystems and human well-being through addressing the increasing water quality challenges in water management and
- Raise the profile of water quality by encouraging governments, organizations, communities, and individuals around the world to actively engage in addressing water quality e.g. in pollution prevention, clean up and restoration.