According to Wikipedia: “The International Day of Forests was established on the 21st day of March, by resolution of the United Nations General Assembly on November 28, 2012. Countries are encouraged to undertake efforts to organize local, national, and international activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns, on the International Day of Forests. The Secretariat of the United Nations Forum on Forests, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization, facilitates the implementation of such events in collaboration with governments, the Collaborative Partnership on Forests, and international, regional and subregional organizations. The International Day of Forests was observed for the first time on March 21, 2013.”

While the UN and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) “promote” this day, however, they are doing nothing to stop the Earth’s forests from being destroyed at a rapidly increasing rate. The FAO does not even have a proper definition of a forest, which allows industrial tree plantations to be considered “forests.”

Protecting a Forest:


Woman with monkey wrench atop buried Chevrolet Biscayne, nicknamed “The Biscuit,” in a car blockade of the Fairview timber sale in the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois. The car blocked the entrance to the  National Forest during the Earth First! occupation in 1990. photo: Langelle

Earth First! occupied the Fairview timber sale area for 79 days – at that time the longest occupation in EF! history. The area slated to be cut was rich in biodiversity, a haven for songbirds and loved by the many locals who went there to watch the birds, camp or enjoy nature.

The major daily newspaper in Springfield, IL, the state’s capital, called the Earth First! occupation “a popular uprising.”