It is our very own Joni Mitchell who put lyrics to the song which captures the utter and complete separation of the urban city dweller and the disconnect that has happened between man and nature. It is so very very true “that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.”
Whether it is your dear beloved pet puppy, your family loved one, the songbirds so quickly disappearing, or the very natural habitats we take for granted with wanton disregard. It is all so tragically sad to have upsets such as these.
So fast, the populations of birds and pollinators are diminishing. And what do we do, we watch another ad on the television for more and more pesticides. Never do we buy an apple in the store with a worm in it, pesticides have come to the forefront, and not only do the little bugs die, but up the food chain then another bird bites the dust. But, is that bird a symbol just like the “canary in the coal mine.” When are we going to realize that we need to protect our very wetlands, our rivers, and forests… and ourselves? Did not the coal miners panic when the canary died, as then the coal tunnels were becoming a hostile environment for the very miner’s life? Are not our rapid and increasing population declines in pollinator species, and songbirds showing us that we are creating a hostile environment for all of us to live in? And yet what is being done?
It is still unfathomable that OVER 38,300 kg (11,700 pounds) of illegally dumped materials from the two afforestation areas, and people in Africa think so very highly of a single tree and treasure the sanctity of a water borehole. Here, too very much is taken for granted. In Canada, we really and truly don’t know what we have got till it’s gone.
Thank goodness that the Government of Canada has swooped in to the rescue so that barriers can be put up to protect urban regional parks in Saskatoon. It is just so incomprehensible that this even needs to be done in the first place!
Why do people go to an urban regional park, and say, here in this amazing greenspace of tranquility and beauty, well this is where I am going to dump my old television because I have bought a brand new 72″ flat screen tv? And there in the forest was the old TV sitting beside the empty cardboard box and styrofoam from the new 72″ flat screen tv. It is just perplexing and baffling that people can furnish their homes with new shingles, new couches, new chairs, new fencing, and then cannot spend a bit of extra change to remove their old items to the landfill properly. It is all exciting to have a new look in the living room with new furniture, or a brand new yard but it matters not how devastating and ruinous the actions taken by these same folks are who destroy the habitat of an urban regional park, or farmer’s field.
We just really don’t know what we’ve got till its gone. So it is good that the afforestation areas are not gone, and that something is being done about the wanton disregard, indeed.
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 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
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Google Maps South West Off Leash area location pin at parking lot
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Richard St. Barbe Baker