The United Nations General Assembly has declared March 21 as International Forest Day, a day to
promote forests and raise awareness of its importance.
Over 80% of terrestrial species of animals, plants and fungi live in forests. Forests cover a third of the
world’s land area and are home to over 60,000 tree species worldwide. The forest means the survival
of both animals and humans.
Khalil Gibran said that trees are a song that the Earth writes down in the sky. We tear it down and
turn it into paper so we can record our own emptiness. Many are not aware that a forest can survive
without us, but we cannot without it.
Jane Goodall says the forest is a temple, a cathedral with treetops and dancing light. For me,
it is an oasis of peace where I recharge my batteries, relax and is a constant source of ideas for my
paintings: trees, roots, play of light … I meditate while walking in the woods. Which way does the forest
And please, once you leave the forest, leave only the trampled footprints behind you!