Earth Day Celebrates the International Year of Forests

Posted by Rumin Mann
April 25th, 2011

Earth Day is geared at helping people celebrate and appreciate all things about nature, from the green trees and lush forest to a fast-moving and breathtaking waterfall.

2011 has been designated the International Year of Forests, so many Earth Day celebrations around the world will focus on the vital role forested regions of the planet have on a healthy environment.

Tropical rainforests in particular are known as the “lungs of the planet” responsible for producing almost a quarter of the earth’s oxygen.

Home to plants, insects, and animals with a wide biodiversity, rainforests house over 10 million species which make up complex ecosystems including flora of which up to 70 per cent house anti-cancer properties. In the Amazon rainforest alone, 90 per cent of plants used by the indigenous tribes have not yet been studied by scientists for healing properties.

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