From GoodPlanet.org. Forests cover a third of the Earth’s surface. They are home to over half of terrestrial species and hundreds of millions of human beings. For 7 billion people the forests are resources for the food they eat, the air they breathe and the medicines they consume.
The United Nations recognition of forest biodiversity is an opportunity to discover, rediscover, celebrate, cherish, describe, protect and use these ecosystems more sustainably. Forest destruction is not inevitable: throughout the world, people are fighting to save them. Citizens, scientists, politicians and businesspeople warn us about the threats forests face and suggest alternatives to protect them. This year is an opportunity to celebrate their initiatives and their efforts.
Of Forests and Men
Yann Arthus-Bertrand was appointed by the United Nations to produce the official film for the International Year of Forests. Narration by Edward Norton. www.goodplanet.org/forets