Did you know Australia has approximately 3% of the world’s forests, covering 17% of Australia’s land area, and is the seventh largest national forest area globally? Our Australian forests make a vital contribution to people’s lives and to the planet.
Locally, the forests and trees right here in the Green Triangle provide jobs, conserve biodiversity and respond to climate change – they are even home to the odd ghost mushroom or two!
There really is a lot to celebrate, and on March 21 – UN’s International Day of Forests – a day where countries around the globe are encouraged to undertake activities that involve forests – OneFortyOne is hoping to have a winning video from a local student or school highlighting the importance of our local forests.
OneFortyOne’s Industry Career Champion Green Triangle, Linda Cotterill said, “We’re inviting students and schools across the Limestone Coast to send us a short video about why our local forests are so important. We need their help to spread the word about just how great our forests and trees are!”
Inspired by this year’s International Day of Forests theme ‘Forests and Education’, the team at OneFortyOne are passionate about continuing to raise awareness and understanding of forests and their benefits into young people’s lives from an early age.
“We are committed to working with students and educators across the region, looking for innovative and interesting ways to help young people understand how important forestry is. We thought this competition would be a fun way to do it and to get people out into the forests”.
With a team of professional foresters on hand, OneFortyOne is happy to come out to classrooms and talk to students, there are also free teaching resources available from ForestLearning, that have a focus on Australian forests and sustainable timber products.
Students who enter, go into the running to win their choice of an iPad, Macbook Pro or Apple watch, plus one for their school. And while the competition is open to young school age people, OneFortyOne is also encouraging schools to participate as either individuals, classes or as a whole school.