This COVID-19 pandemic has come full circle to a saying by Isaac Newton, “Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy.” When the human population stay in their houses, such as the case in Italy, then “dolphins return to Italy’s coast amid coronavirus lockdown: ‘Nature just hit the reset button’ and the coronavirus lockdown eases pollution, Venice canal runs clear.
People were wondering how in the world climate change could be mitigated. Changes could not be seen in the chosen measures until the COVID-19 pandemic engaged various protocols for human health. Air pollution plummeted in China due to coronavirus.
Romain Julliard, head of research at the French Natural History Museum brought forward a most excellent point, “The most important phenomenon perhaps is our relationship with nature changing — with people locked up in their homes realising how much they miss nature, as Nature takes back world’s empty city streets.
So, the other day, someone asked, how many clothes should I have? Well, when one considers the carbon footprint of creating material, zippers, thread, buttons, and all the hidden costs going into the creation of shoes, hats, pants, scarves, jackets, etc. This is, indeed, a good question. A most excellent project while you are voluntarily taking part in your 14 day self isolation, no matter where you live, would be to create your own material without killing animals, and then fashion your own thread, buttons, etc. Then sew your own garment, and factor in the carbon emissions for the shelf made garment.
“I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.” Emma Goldman
In these days of mass consumption, buying everything ready made off the shelf in our throw-away world does not allow us to discover the expense the world and Nature is taking so that we can have “it.”
For the time and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, did you really miss “it?”
Did you realize how your carbon footprint affected the world? The factories run because we all think we need “it.” This has been brought to the forefront during the pandemic, COVID-19 and the nature trade-off paradigm.
The butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change in one state of a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state.
“For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.” -Martin Luther King Jr.
So, every time each person goes out to buy “it,” how many factories, ships, trucks, trains, created carbon footprints so that we could have “it?”
“The outbreak of epidemics like COVID-19 reveal the fundamental tenets of the trade-off we consistently face: humans have unlimited needs, but the planet has limited capacity to satisfy them“, United Nations Environment Programme.
Today is Friday April 10. This year’s Earth Day 2020 theme is Climate Action. Stop and consider today, about how needs of people weigh in versus the needs of an endangered species.
Locally, in the afforestation areas, the horned grebe and barred tiger salamander are listed as a species of special concern by the Committee On The Status Of Endangered Wildlife In Canada – an Independent Advisory Panel to the Minister Of Environment and Climate Change. The Red-necked Phalarope, Baird’s Sparrow and Grasshopper Sparrow are special concern, and Bobolink, Bank Swallow is threatened nationally under the federal Species at Risk Act SARA Schedule 1. The provincially listed small yellow lady’s slipper is another species in need of environmental guardianship. Protecting critical habitat is thus a key concern.
For more information:
Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada north of Cedar Villa Road, within city limits, in the furthest south west area of the city. 52° 06′ 106° 45′
Part SE 23-36-6 – Afforestation Area – 241 Township Road 362-A
Part SW 23-36-6 – SW Off-Leash Recreation Area (Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area ) – 355 Township Road 362-A
S ½ 22-36-6 Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area (West of SW OLRA) – 467 Township Road 362-A
NE 21-36-6 “George Genereux” Afforestation Area – 133 Range Road 3063
Wikimapia Map: type in Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Google Maps South West Off Leash area location pin at parking lot
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Where is the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area? with map
Where is the George Genereux Urban Regional Park (Afforestation Area)? with map