IFSA Goes to Village: Forests and Energy Chapter II

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The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests (IDF) in 2012. The Day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests. On each International Day of Forests, countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns. The theme for each International Day of Forests is chosen by the Collaborative Partenership on Forests. The theme for 2017 is Forests and Energy

 

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Forests play a very important role in our lives. Forestry also benefits the environment by stabilising soil, lifting water quality, storing carbon and supporting the biodiversity. Globally, forests hold an energy content approximately 10 times that of the world’s annual primary energy consumption. They thus have significant potential as renewable resources to meet global energy demand. Did you know trees are nature’s free air conditioners? How much do you know about Forests and Energy?

Anyone who has walked outside on a sunny day knows that forests and trees matter for temperature, humidity and wind speed. Planting trees speaks to concerns about climate change. In the review, published in the journal Global Environmental Change, the 22 authors provide examples for the planet-cooling benefits of trees. Scientists found evidence for the widespread perception that trees and forests also influence rainfall. As such, the review insists that water, and not carbon, should become the primary motivation for adding and preserving trees in landscapes

“Carbon sequestration is a co-benefit of the precipitation-recycling and cooling power of trees. As trees process and redistribute water, they simultaneously cool planetary surfaces”, says Dr David Ellison, lead author of the study

Hence, planting trees has long been an expression of intent to do something of substance in the climate change, As they cool the planet, trees may also promote the rainfall.

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We provide the IGTVs with a natural environment for the children to appreciate nature and discover on their own, reasons for conservation and sustainability. In this way the children are empowered to think creativity, independently, and collaboratively. IGTV “Forest and Energy Chapter II” was succesfully held at Kampung Jawa on Sunday (26/03/2017) along with members of IFSA LC IPB.

We have the children from a range of different backgrounds and ages the opportunity to mix and learn from one another, and We often see that through this experience the children develop self-confidence, thrive from our trust, bolster their self-esteem, and develop a healthy respect for the environment.

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