International Online Premiere Saturday, November 6, 2021
1:00 CST (UTC-6), 12 noon PT, 3:00 pm ET
A 326-acre afforestation area, planted as a man-made forest on the prairies, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada was named after Richard St Barbe Baker, aka Man of the Trees. Celebrate this Jubilee celebration 50 years after he received his honorary doctorate at the University of Saskatchewan.
The Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas have commissioned a documentary about this remarkable man with historical footage, arguably the first global conservationist, and his legacy here in our city. It is based on interviews with several people who knew St Barbe Baker.
The program, will also have greetings from conservationists from Australia, Switzerland, Scotland, Britain and the USA who were inspired by St Barbe and who became conservation leaders in their own right.
The program begins with greetings from civic officials and concludes with a live panel. The total program will be about 1 hour.
Many people have heard of David Suzuki, David Attenborough, or Greta Thunberg. Richard St. Barbe Baker was the first global conservationist and he was also a humanitarian. This is our way to remember his international legacy. International Online Premiere: The Legacy of Saskatoon’s Secret Forest Saturday November 6, 2021 at 1:00 pm CST (UTC-6)
The Daily Telegraph, June 11, 1982 mentioned that “Richard St. Barbe Baker…spent his life in a single-minded campaign which stressed the essential importance of the part trees play in people’s well-being.”
In 1979, the Prince of Wales became the patron of the global green group Richard St. Barbe Baker founded, the International Tree Foundation.
Among the tributes paid to Richard St. Barbe Baker are hundreds if not thousands of trees planted to his honour.
Robert White says” St. Barbe is known all over the world for his tireless efforts on behalf of conservation and tree planting. He is truly a world citizen. In his life he has been instrumental in preserving the Redwood forests in California and developing a program for reclaiming the Sahara Desert. He has circled the globe countless times lecturing, setting up tree planting programs and providing a focus for several generations of people to learn more about the biosphere in which we dwell.”(9832)