International Climate Change Day Sunday June 21
Students, and classroom place based learning can engage in climate action with safe forest environments.
“As trees grow, they absorb and store the carbon dioxide emissions that are driving global heating. New research estimates that a worldwide planting programme could remove two-thirds of all the emissions from human activities that remain in the atmosphere today, a figure the scientists describe as “mind-blowing” as reported in The Guardian.
Biodiversity, endangered species, plants, trees survive wetter, wilder and warmer conditions as afforestation areas create their own micro-climate.
“Trees. Their greatest value is probably their beneficent effect on life, health, climate, soil, rainfall and streams. Trees beautify the country, provide shade for humans and stock, shelter crops from wind and storm and retain water in the soil at a level at which it can be used by man….When the tree covering disappears from the earth, the water level sinks.” Richard St. Barbe Baker “I planted trees”
Local food production capacity can increase with food forestry under extreme heat and dry conditions caused by climate change. “Remember that trees create their own microclimates; the reduce the speed of the wind across the land; their roots actually raise the level of the local water table; and their presence increases the population of worms, which increase the fertility of the soil.” Christopher and Dolores Lynn Nyerges
“If you want to double your supplies of food, then you should devote twenty percent of your farm to trees, to strategically planted shelter belts…Trees create a micro-climate [and] life the water table…” Richard St. Barbe Baker
Reductions in soil health from warmer weather due to climate change are mitigated with afforestation. “when the trees go, the rain goes, the climate deteriorates, the water table sinks, the land erodes and desert conditions soon appear.” Richard St. Barbe Baker
“We know business as usual will be disastrous,” he said. “We’ve already identified some solutions for reducing carbon emissions in parts of our society, such as in transportation and agriculture, and we’re working on ways to transform our energy consumption. So why not restore our ecosystem as well? Half of what comes out of car tailpipes stays in the atmosphere; the rest gets absorbed by the ecosystem. That’s a huge absorptive capability that must be saved.
“Maybe we’ll find we don’t need to plant a billion hectares of trees,” says Sassan Saatchi, a senior scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, “Perhaps we can restore existing, degraded ecosystems to their natural state.”
Damage to public and private property from flood damage which results from wetter conditions are preventable with caring for the afforestation areas.
Afforestation areas provide alternative locations for classroom place based learning activities with the as daily temperatures reach 30 Celsius with greater frequency because of climate change.
Vulnerable populations at risk of heart attack and heart disease can enjoy exercise, health, in shady conditions.
With new sector growth – neighbourhoods, businesses, lower demand for civic staff response for precipitation events due to an increase in wetter conditions as the afforestation areas mitigate flooding.
for International Climate Change Day Sunday June 21
“We stand in awe and wonder at the beauty of a single tree. Tall and graceful it stands, yet robust and sinewy with spreading arms decked with foliage that changes through the seasons, hour by hour, moment by moment as shadows pass or sunshine dapples the leaves. How much more deeply are we moved as we begin to appreciate the combined operations of the assembly of trees we call a forest.”~Richard St. Barbe Baker
For more information:
P4G Saskatoon North Partnership for Growth The P4G consists of the Cities of Saskatoon, Warman, and Martensville, the Town of Osler and the Rural Municipality of Corman Park; planning for areas around the afforestation area and West Swale outside of Saskatoon city limits
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 SE 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
Web page: https://stbarbebaker.wordpress.com
Where is the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area? with map
Where is the George Genereux Urban Regional Park (Afforestation Area)? with map
Please help protect / enhance your afforestation areas, please contact the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. (e-mail)
We have the capacity to create a remarkably different economy: one that can restore ecosystems and protect the environment while bringing forth innovation, prosperity, meaningful work, and true security. – Paul Hawken
Going back to a simpler life is not a step backward. – Yvon Chouinard