Monday, March 21, 2022
World Wood Day is a cultural event held on March 21st, the vernal equinox, to highlight wood as an eco-friendly and renewable biomaterial and to raise awareness on the key role wood plays in a sustainable world through biodiversity and forest conservation. The day serves as a reminder of the importance and true value of wood and its responsible uses.
This year, the WWD 2022 theme is Trees for Good, and the sub-themes are Challenges, Opportunities, Sustainability.
“Trees for Good” is a continuation of the 2021 theme “CO2 & Wood” and a spin-off of “Wood is Good.” The sub-themes “Challenges, Opportunities, Sustainability” relate to life, social, heritage, industry and the environment.
Wood is an Eco-friendly and renewable Bio-material. It absorbs and stores carbon dioxide as well as releases oxygen to combat climate change.
Wood is versatile, naturally beautiful, and played an important role throughout human history.
The event coincides, and is celebrated with, The Fourth IUFRO Forest Products Culture Colloquium. The IUFRO or the International Union of Forest Research Organizations offers a global network for voluntary cooperation. The network is open to all individuals and organizations dedicated to forest and forest products research and related disciplines. IUFRO aims to contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations.
“We depend on forest trees for tackling global climate change and to arrest global warming, as forests (especially trees) are super-efficient natural carbon sinks converting atmospheric carbon dioxide to produce wood of trees while releasing oxygen during this photosynthesis,” the WWD 2022 website said. “Therefore, the challenge today among nations for forest trees to be managed well to provide sustainable forest resources.
Explore, Experience and Exchange
A major event is organized annually on March 21, usually week-long, to celebrate wood across disciplines. Artists, educators, hobbyists, and industries come together from different lands, languages and cultures to share experiences, skills and passions for wood. The event centralises various uses of wood which allows extrapolation and eventual application to individual lifestyles. Satellite events are organized in different regions throughout the year to continue the exploration and experiences.
World Wood Day is a great platform for people to make their own contribution, however they can, to the environment and planet for a sustainable future. The spirit of World Wood Day is encouraged to carry over and things discovered and learned at the annual event to be applied throughout the year.