Today is the ‘International Day of Forests’. Most people would not necessary know this, but it’s a meaningful reminder of some very important issues and the ways to navigate them – particularly in regards to environmental education.
Every 21 March the United Nations raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests. This year the International Day of Forests promotes education to Learn to Love Forests. It underscores the importance of education at all levels in achieving sustainable forest management and biodiversity conservation. Healthy forests mean healthy, resilient communities and prosperous economies.
These are the key messages:
- Understanding our forests and keeping them healthy is crucial for our future. Forests will be more important than ever as the world population climbs to 8.5 billion by 2030.
- You’re never too young to start learning about trees. Helping children connect with nature creates future generations conscious of the benefits of trees and forests and the need to manage them sustainably.
- Both modern and traditional knowledge are key to keeping forests healthy. While foresters should know and understand nature well, they should also learn to use cutting-edge technology to ensure that our forests are monitored and managed sustainably.
- Investing in forestry education can change the world for the better. Countries can help ensure there are scientists, policy makers, foresters and local communities working to halt deforestation and restore degraded landscapes.
- Women and men should have equal access to forest education. Gender parity in forest education empowers rural women to sustainably manage forests.
At Natural Pod we take our responsibility as creators of 21st century learning environments very seriously. Our company purpose was founded on environmental responsibility. We create play, learning and collaborative furniture for educators and students using Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) wood materials and completely non-toxic materials.
But what is Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) Certification?
More and more people are interested in where products come from, how they are made, and their impact on the world around them. This means eco-credentials are playing an increasingly big role in consumers’ and businesses’ decisions about what they buy.
So, if you are either a forest owner or manager, or a business that produces or trades forest products, it becomes even more important to show that you operate in an environmentally, economically and socially responsible way.
FSC certification is designed to help you do just that. It guarantees your customers that the FSC-labelled product they buy has come from a forest and supply chain that is managed responsibly and ethically.
To achieve FSC certification, you must adhere to ten principles that cover the essentials of responsible forest management. These rules apply worldwide, across all ecosystems and cultural, political, and legal systems.
Natural Pod proudly lives by these principles – to create furniture that supports your learning vision and our sustainable use of natural resources.