“Why shouldn’t we collaborate?”

The only answer is to plant more trees – to plant for our lives. ~Richard St. Barbe Baker


“Why shouldn’t we collaborate?”

The study of life, like the study of a forest or a landscape, should begin with the most conspicuous features. Not until these have been fixed in memory will the lesser features fall into their appropriate places and assume their right proportions.

Richard St. Barbe Baker travelled the world collaborating with world leaders to plant trees. He wrote of a few of the few tall trees or great persons he met along the journey. St. Barbe Baker’s international organization, the Men of the Trees, is now known as the International Tree Foundation (ITF). ITF has branches in over 100 countries. Looking at the statistics behind the organizations St. Barbe founded or assisted have been responsible for planting at least 26 billion trees around the world according to the The International Journal of Environmental Studies, Volume 14, 1979.

“Good design begins with honesty, asks tough questions, comes from collaboration and from trusting your intuition.” —Freeman Thomas

There is no doubt that Dr. Richard St. Barbe Baker, L.L.D, O.B.E. had endless energy, and was carried along by an internal conviction of a world made green again. His spiritual vision, experiences, and awakening to trees has inspired millions around the world to plant trees and forests, which changed climate and reclaimed deserts.

St. Barbe Baker sent out an appeal for a “Green Front against the desert.” This environmental collaboration resulted in Africa’s Great Green Wall, a 4,000 mile (6,450 km) long, nine mile (15 km) deep forest of trees across eleven African countries. ” Countries of the Sahara collaborating for a common cause will provide a model for better understanding between man and man, nation and nation. Reclamation of the Sahara became his obsession.Mehta” Even now, about 70 years later, “the paradox of the wall means that it will serve to unite countries, not divide them. At the border regions of Mali and Niger, many of the local communities have ignored national boundaries in order to collaborate with each other on plant propagation and water conservation schemes.Laorden

St. Barbe collaborated with President Franklin D. Roosevelt on the environment programme to plant three million trees across the United States under the Civilian Conservation Corps New Deal Initiative. This environmental undertaking developed parks, conservation efforts, and prevented the erosion of soil during the “dirty thirties.”

Viktor Schauberger to whom, “water, forests and natural energies and their generation were ever his passionate concernSchauberger“. This passion of Schauberger’s is echoed in the speeches and writings of his friend, St. Barbe Baker. Viktor Schauberger was an Austrian forest caretaker, naturalist, philosopher, inventor and biomimicry experimenter.

If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” —Isaac Newton

Who is Richard St. Barbe Baker collaborating with today? Today St. Barbe Baker is reaching out to everyone of us, “to plant trees, to plant trees for our lives”.

“The great Empires of Assyria, Babylon, Carthage and Persia were destroyed by floods and deserts let loose in the wake of forest destruction. Erosion following forest destruction and soil depletion has been one of the most powerfully destructive forces in bringing about the downfall of civilizations and wiping out human existence from large tracts of the earth’s surface. Erosion does not march with a blast of trumpets or the beating of drums, but its tactics are more subtle, more sinister.” ~ Richard St. Barbe Baker

“Until the 19th century most believed that ecosystems would always be able to recover from the pressure humanity has put on them. [7]

“Finally it will be Man’s turn. We forget that we owe our existence to the presence of trees and as far as forest cover goes, we have never been in such a vulnerable position as we are today. The only answer is to plant more trees – to plant for our lives.” ~Richard St. Barbe Baker

[1] Laorden, Carlos. ‘Great Wall of Africa’ planned to hold back the Sahara. El País – Planeta Futuro Eurativ.com. May 6, 2016.

[2] Mantle, Paul. The man of the trees and the great green wall BahaiTeachings.org

[3] Mehta, Kisan. Barbe Baker, Crusader and World Citizen. Aug 20 ,1980

[4] Momen, Wendi and Voykovic, Anthony A. Richard Edward St. Barbe Baker “Richard Edward St. Barbe Baker” Bahá’í Encyclopedia Project, bahai-encyclopedia-project.org

[5] Schauberger, Viktor. Living Energies. Publisher Рипол Классик. ISBN 5882222885, 9785882222887.

[6] St. Barbe Baker, R. (1944) I Planted Trees, Lutterworth Press, London and RedHill.

[7] What is Systems Engineering? – The Natural Edge Project Whole System Design Suite Taking a whole system approach to achieving sustainable design outcomes Unit 2: The Fundamentals of Systems Engineering to Inform a Whole System Approach. July 2007. Australian Government. Department of the Environment and Water Resources.

“The fate of an individual or a nation will always be determined by the degree of his or its harmony with the forces and laws of Nature and the universe. Man is not alone in the universe but is surrounded by sources of power, harmony and knowledge. The fullness of life depends upon man’s harmony with the totality of the natural cosmic laws. Our individual evolution is a job that has to be carried on day by day by each individual himself. It is a livelong task.” ~Richard St. Barbe Baker.


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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.
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This website is about the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area - an urban regional park of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. The hosts are the stewards of the afforestation area. The afforestation area received its name in honour of the great humanitarian, Richard St. Barbe Baker. Richard St. Barbe Baker (9 October 1889 – 9 June 1982) was an English forester, environmental activist and author, who contributed greatly to worldwide reforestation efforts. As a leader, he founded an organization, Men of the Trees, still active today, whose many chapters carry out reforestation internationally. {Wikipedia} Email is StBarbeBaker AT yahoo.com to reach the Stewards of the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

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