We all know Saint Patrick’s Day was Sunday, but did you know this week has another important “Green” day? Thursday, March 21, 2019 is the annual International Day of Forests, and it’s hard to get greener than that. In 2012, the United Nations established this day with its purpose being stated as:
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. http://www.un.org/en/events/forestsday/
Each year the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) establishes a theme for the International Day of Forests. The CPF is “an informal, voluntary arrangement among 14 international organizations and secretariats with substantial programmes on forests.” For more information on the CPF, see: http://www.cpfweb.org/73947/en/. The theme chosen by the CPF for 2019 International Day of Forests is Forests and Education.
In celebration of this day, I’m giving away the Kindle eBook of Ranger Nader & The Sunstruck Phantom for free on March 21st, 2019.
The book is a semi-finalist for the Nature Generation’s Green Earth Book Award in recognition that it’s most important theme is the duty we all have to be environmental stewards. See: https://www.natgen.org/spotlight/2019-long-list-announced/. For Ranger this duty is elevated as he is his generation’s “Keeper of the Cedar Forest” in Lebanon. The book is a fun read but also educational with is main conflict being between contemporary, historical and mythological protectors and destroyers of the cedar trees.
Here’s the link to download your free copy of the book (on Thursday):