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We are back with a new edition of the Wild Wisdom Prep Series:
Forests of a Living Planet

Participate in this quiz and get your name featured in our next Newsletter!
Winners of our last Quiz:

1. Aditi Thakur, Class 5, SDSM School for Excellence, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand
2. Aditya Ojha, Class 3, Radiant International School, Patna, Bihar
3. Mahroof Ahmed Khan, Class 7, DAV Public School Unit 8, Bhubaneswar
4. Shambhavi Saraswat, Class 6, The Mothers International School,New Delhi.


Forests of a Living Planet
The value of forests cannot be underestimated. From carbon storage to cultural diversity, forests impact us in more ways than we can imagine.

The biome Forest is one of the largest and the most complex terrestrial biomes on our planet. Dominated by trees and other woody plants, they have a significant role in the global intake of carbon dioxide and production of oxygen.

WWF WWQ 2020
Did you know that forests cover roughly one-third of the Earth's surface and contain an estimated 3 trillion trees! Forests exist in dry, wet, bitterly cold, and swelteringly hot climates. Broadly speaking, there are three major forest zones that are separated according to their distance from the equator, namely, Temperate forests, Tropical forests and Boreal forests. The Tropical forests, as the name suggests, are located in the tropics, near the equator. Boreal forests are located far north and Temperate forests are located in between (Fig. A).

WWF WWQ 2020 Figure A: World map highlighting the distribution of three types of forests

Unfortunately, our forests are under threat; the most common pressures causing deforestation and severe forest degradation are agriculture, lack of sustainable forest management , mining, infrastructure projects and increased fire incidence and intensity.

Let's get ready to explore more interesting facts about thisbiomeas we dive into the latest edition of Wisdom Nuggets, Forests of a living planet!

DownToEarth
Trees provide us food, wood, medicines, shade and most importantly, Oxygen! But we have taken trees for granted and cleared nearly half of our planet's forests! Luckily our forests have an extraordinary ability to recover themselves!

Watch this video on How to Save our Forests and Re-wild our planet and gear up yourself to answer questions in our fun quiz segment InQUIZitive!

DownToEarth
Did you know the nearly a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture, forestry and other land uses. About half of that is from deforestation and forest degradation! Yes, our forests are under a major threat and we need to find a solution.

Read this interesting article by WWF and learn more about forests; their importance on our planet, various forest threats, how is it related to climate change and deforestation fronts.
Forests are often broken down into 4 broad layers. Find out the names of these layers and read about how are these layers different from one another.
DownToEarth
Can you take a guess!?

Look at the image on your left and identify the tree by it's leaf.

This tree is an endangered heritage of the oriental plane trees of Kashmir. This majestic tree is found throughout the landscape of valley and hillside. It is considered as the living heritage of Kashmir!
Hint: It is also called as Buen or Booyn in Kashmiri language. The name of tree is a Persian word which translates to "What a fire!"

(Answer to edition 2 of Wisdom Nuggets: Gelada Baboon. The Gelada is a species of Old World Monkeyfound exclusively in the Ethiopian Savannas.As mostly grass-eaters, they are the last surviving species of ancient grazing primates that were once numerous)


Are you all set to take the quiz and gear up for the Wild Wisdom Quiz 2020!? Take this pop quiz and test your knowledge about Forests of a living planet!
InQUIZitive

Rainforests

You must be aware of the tragic forest fires burning down a major part of Amazon Rainforests last year. Rainforests are not only the "lungs" of our planets, but they are home to millions of plant and animal species, maintain the water cycle of Earth, Stabilize climate change and provide medicinal plants.

Alas, Rainforests are facing major threats due to growing human demands, unsustainable agriculture, oil extraction, logging and much more!

Always remember, you don't have to be big to make a big impact! Here are some that can help save our rainforests:

  1. Buy foods, like bananas and coffee that are grown in a sustainable way; in a way that is safe for the environment, for wildlife, and for people. Click here to get some tips for sustainable eating and support sustainable farming.
  2. Use less paper-re-use paper instead of throwing it out. Cut it up to use as a notepad, or recycle the paper you use.
  3. Look around your home and find out everyday food items which come from rainforests Think about how many things that we use every day originate in the rainforest, and how it would affect you if they were no longer around.
  4. Avoid palm oil and the products that contain it. Expanding palm oil plantations have led to widespread rainforest deforestation. Click here to know how you can check if the brands are using certified sustainable palm oil

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