There is an amazing correlation between the dream of Richard St. Barbe Baker founder of the international organisation “Children of the Green Earth” and the vision of Dr. Doris Frances Twitchell Allen founder of another international organisation CISV, Children’s International Summer Village, and the Peace Bus programme.
CISV Saskatoon Building Global Friendship is a local chapter which engages with the CISV Peace Bus. The Peace Bus undertakes 39 day journeys across Canada. The Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area Clean Up organisers were very pleased to connect with the eastbound trip from Victoria To Halifax which saw 12 delegates aged 14 to 18 years of age travel with 3 leaders in a 15 passenger bus.
The CISV National Peace Bus Project camp across the vast nation of Canada, networking with local chapters. “The Peace Bus mission is to educate and inspire action among Canadians for a more just and peaceful world. This will be accomplished by carrying out community projects and organizing a series of activities and workshops across the country.”source
According to Verge Magazine, “CISV was organised to give life to the idea that education for peace starts with children. The method of education through doing, it is action in process.”
A non government organisation NGO, and UNESCO partner, CISV international was created after the second world war, 1950, by Doris Frances Twitchell (Mrs. Allen), a world renown child psychologist and professor of psychology who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her work with CISV. Dr. Allen conceived the concept for CISV in 1946, as she believed that “the ultimate source for peace, long range, lay with the children,” and “the power of love is greater than the love of power.” To understand CISV, CISV educates and inspires action for a more just and peaceful world. CISV believes that the more we understand and cooperate with people of other cultures, the more just and peaceful our communities and our world become.”source “Every person and organization on the planet knows what they do. Some know how they do it…but very few know why they do what they do. The leaders who inspire us all think, act and communicate the exact same way and it’s the complete opposite to everyone else. Those who inspire are not driven with what they do, they are driven with why they do it. The ability to inspire starts with why.”~ Simon Sinek
“How to construct effective intercultural communication between people from different cultures has become important…International youth exchange is one special kind of intercultural education programme which aims to provide opportunities for young people to broaden their horizons and international perspective.” ~ Yan Jiang Participants in CISV engage in “Active Global Citizenship” Caecilia Johanna van Peski, explains that CISV peace education provides us with the Attitudes, Skills and Knowledge to become agents of change, locally and globally ~ to become ‘Active Global Citizens’ … Citizenshp also has to do with our attitudes: We need to be willing to engage, spend time and effort for a community of which we feel part of.” “Active global citizens need a combination of attitudes, skills and knowledge (ASK) in developing peace education through four programmes; diversity, human rights, sustainable development and finally conflict and resolution. CISV programmes implement a ‘learning by doing’ approach by doing a peace education activity, then reflecting, generalizing the learning for new contexts, and then applying these new attitudes, skills and knowledge.
CISV engages youth in intercultural peace projects across the world led by the dream of Dr. Allen, whereas Children of the Green Earth started by St. Barbe inspires youth to heal the planet by engaging internationally.
“St. Barbe helped introduce me to the spirit of trees and Sunderlal led me to discover that an approach to the healing of our Earth is incomplete without the awareness that trees bind its very fabric. Also, my stay in India showed me the extremes to which our civilization has fallen out of harmony with the pattern of life. Children of the Green Earth combines spirit with commitment, wherever the programme exists.” Sunderlal Bahuguna
“When St. Barbe Baker first met Sunderlal Bahuguna and the Chipko activists he was deeply moved by their devotion and commitment to the trees. As he visited the various hill communities, he witnessed the deep involvement of the children and saw the potential for an international network of young people healing the planet through tree planting. He said, ‘I have the dream of the earth made green again, an earth healed and made whole by the efforts of children; children of all nations planting trees to express their special understanding of the earth as their home; children of all races holding hands circling the earth expressing and celebrating their special understanding of all children as their brothers and sisters.’ From this vision grew Children of the Green Earth..” Ron Rabin
The images which follow were taken by the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area official photographer, Robert White. Thank you to Robert for capturing the Peace Bus youth at the clean up engaging in both the CISV active global citizenship aims, and also participating in Richard St. Barbe Baker’s ideals to protect trees everywhere. Thank you enormously to the CISV Peace Bus youth who came out to volunteer with the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area Clean up, you have, everyone one of you made a large difference in the forest environment, the West Swale wetlands conservation and protection, and assisted the community of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Hats off to you! We were so lucky to have met you, and to have learned about this amazing organisation CISV and the Peace Bus traveling across Canada, Wow!
For more information:
Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is located in Saskatoon, SK, CA north of Cedar Villa Road, within city limits, in the furthest south west area of the city.
Wikimapia Map: type in Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Google Maps South West Off Leash area location pin at parking lot
Web page: https://stbarbebaker.wordpress.com
Where is the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area? with map
Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Facebook: South West OLRA
Contact the MVA The MVA has begun a Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area trust fund. If you wish to support the afforestation area with your donation, write a cheque to the “Meewasin Valley Authority Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area trust fund (MVA RSBBAA trust fund)” .