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For millions of years, temperate forests have provided food and shelter for people. Now, we are tearing them down like hooligans, just for money. They are disappearing even faster than the rainforests!
Prayer of the Tree
On cold nights I am
the heat of your hearth,
I screen you from the sun
with friendly shade
I give people fruits and flowers
As you thirst, my fruits refresh you
I am the beam that holds your house,
The board of your table,
the bed you lie on
The timber that builds your boat
and from which you get furniture.
I am the hands of your hoe,
And the door of your homestead.
The wood of your cradle and the shell
of your coffin.
Samuel Alodina, Ghana
We, the children of today, must demand that laws are passed to control the rate at which forests are cut to ensure that some forest remains for the future.
Richard Buobo Mesco, Uganda
As the last ice age receded, plants began to grow and animals arrived in Ireland. People arrived about 7,000 years ago to find a country covered in woodlands of ash and elm with alder and willow in wet places, oak and holly on acid soil, pine and birch on the mountains. Slowly forests were cleared for farms, houses, ships and for fuel. By 1920, only 0.5% of the country had forest left. Alarmed, the Irish government started to plant trees. Our planted woodlands contain spruce, larch, fir and pine. There is now over 7% of the country covered with forest. Forestry is very important for our economy and provides much employment.
Togher National School,
West Cork, Ireland