Photo of the Week: Embassies and Consulates Celebrate Earth Day, Year of Forests

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
April 23, 2011
Embassy Vientiane Helps Protect the Gibbons

Our photo of the week comes to us from the U.S. Embassy in Vientiane, Laos, where the Embassy is working with the Wildlife Conservation Society to reduce illegal poaching and preserve endangered species in the Nam Et Phu Luey National Protected Area.

Today, we are celebrating Earth Day at embassies and consulates around the world. As Embassy Islamabad Spokesman Alberto Rodriguez said, "Earth Day is celebrated each year on April 22 and marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern U.S. environmental movement in 1970. Over the last 40 years, countries celebrate Earth Day with green activities that promote a healthy, sustainable environment and raise environmental awareness."

On this Earth Day, we are also celebrating the International Year of Forests. Over one and a half billion people worldwide depend on forests for some food, shelter, income and medicine, and billions more benefit from cleaner air and water, climate change mitigation, regulation of floods and storms, and global markets for tourism, timber and non-timber forests products.

We would love to hear how you celebrated Earth Day in the comments section below.



Simona M.
April 25, 2011

Simona M. in Serbia writes:

The Earth Day I was celebrate in green walking activities down near by river on Sunny &my; satisfaction, smiley face was promo health way of life, offten in the walk-pedestrian in nature countryside!

Thank You!

John W.
American Samoa
April 25, 2011

John W. in American Samoa writes:

Glad to share American Samoa has banned the use of plastic bags.

From Pago,


July 12, 2011

H.J. writes:

Photos from photography must come out image, beginning from 1826. By collecting photographic paper is usually produced by the photons, photo into the principle of phase is through the chemistry of light in the photographic film, paper, glass or metal radiation sensitive materials produced on a still image. Photos: most are the camera, and the type have just as income or negative like.

July 26, 2011

F.T. writes:

A typical forest is composed of the overstory (or upper tree layer of the canopy) and the understory. The understory is further subdivided into the shrub layer, herb layer, and sometimes also a moss layer. In some complex forests, there is also a well-defined lower tree layer. Forests are central to all human life because they provide a diverse range of resources, they store carbon, aid in regulating our climate, purify water and mitigate natural hazards such as floods. Forests also contain roughly 90% of the world terrestrial biodiversity.


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