Safety in the Forest

The “Safety in  the Forest” campaign from Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas is raising the necessary funds to provide wildlife friendly motorized vehicle barriers to mitigate illegal trash dumping, as part of our Great Canadian Giving Challenge campaign.
Donations will help support the work required to install Jersey Barriers with gates for legitimate motorized vehicle users, allow safe passage for users into a greenspace who appreciate an urban regional park and wetlands inside of the City of Saskatoon, and minimizing future damage.
  • Challenge begins June 1, 2020 at 9:30 p.m.  Central Standard Time(midnight Newfoundland Daylight Time (NDT) and ends on June 30, 2020 at 1:59:59 am Central Standard Time ( 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)

  • Grand prize draw is on CANADA DAY, July 1, 2020 – $20,000 will be donated to the winning charity

Can you help ?  Any size donation to the Great Canadian Giving Challenge is awesome!!!  And this is a great opportunity to participate in a fund raising challenge for a chance to win $20,000 and build a parking lot to park the motorized vehicles!

Thanks!

For directions as to how to drive to “George Genereux” Urban Regional Park

For directions on how to drive to Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

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′
Addresses:
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
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

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Facebook Group Page: Users of the George Genereux Urban Regional Park

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Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

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Twitter: StBarbeBaker

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Please help protect / enhance /commemorate your afforestation areas, please contact the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. (e-mail / e-transfers)

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We owe it to ourselves and to the next generation to conserve the environment so that we can bequeath our children a sustainable world that benefits all.~ Wangari Maathai

“ If a nation saves its trees, the trees will save the nation. ” ~ Richard St. Barbe Baker.

Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes. Carl Jung

Afforestation Areas Safety

International Climate Change Day Sunday June 21

Safety in the Forests
Safety in the Forests

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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”

Paul Hanley author Eleven, Man of the Trees and Renny Grilz, MVA
Paul Hanley author Eleven, Man of the Trees and Renny Grilz, MVA

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.

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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.

 

Take Climate Action

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for International Climate Change Day Sunday June 21

For directions as to how to drive to “George Genereux” Urban Regional Park

For directions on how to drive to Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

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For more information:

Blairmore Sector Plan Report; planning for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area,  George Genereux Urban Regional Park and West Swale and areas around them inside of Saskatoon city limits

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′
Addresses:
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

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Facebook Group Page: Users of the George Genereux Urban Regional Park

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Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

Facebook: South West OLRA

Twitter: StBarbeBaker

Please help protect / enhance your afforestation areas, please contact the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. (e-mail)

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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

we can turn things around

April 30

Did you think it was easy being green for Earth Month?  Can you continue with climate action for all of 2020?  Besides being the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, 2020 is also United Nations Decade on Biodiversity 2011-2020.  This proclamation was made for “raising awareness of the value of biodiversity amongst the general public, and developing a broad consensus across society for the actions needed by individuals and communities.”UN Decade Biodiversity  “The Strategic Plan was created by the United Nations. Its mission is to “take effective and urgent action to halt the loss of biodiversity in order to ensure that by 2020 ecosystems are resilient and continue to provide essential services, thereby securing the planet’s variety of life, and contributing to human well-being, and poverty eradication.” UN Strategic Plan for Biodiversity

Take action for biodiversity locally.  For a second activity today; how  many smaller words or anagrams can be made from biodiversity?

The 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill became the driver for change, and provided the impetus for founding Earth Day in 1970.   80,000 to 100,000 barrels (13,000 to 16,000 m3) of crude oil spilled into the Santa Barbara Channel. Following this, the United States Environmental Protection Agency was created and the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts were passed.

Across Canada, “in a single decade, federal and provincial governments established ministries or departments of the environment, environmental protection Acts and environmental assessment legislation….the intergovernmental Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) began to define a national list of species at risk. ” Canadian Encyclopedia  The Canadian Nature Federation grew out of the Audubon Society of Canada.Canadian Encyclopedia   “Recognizing the need for better environmental management, the federal government passed the Canada Water Act in 1970 and created the Department of the Environment in 1971, entrusting the Inland Waters Directorate with providing national leadership for freshwater management.”Environment and Climate Change

The Saskatoon Afforestation Areas, the City of Saskatoon’s tree nurseries, were planted in 1972-1973 as part of the Green Survival Campaign in the war against ecology abuse the afforestation area exhibits an important interchange of human values, over a span of time on developments in town-planning, and architectural landscape design program aimed at improving the future environment of the city;

George Genereux Urban Regional Park and Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area are the only places of their kind which have survived to this day from the original Green Survival afforestation project.  They are afforestation areas ‘preserved in perpetuity’ based on the Green Survival Strategy which are excellent examples of the horticulture phase in the history of Saskatoon, and North America.

Take action for biodiversity at the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas.

The Green Survival Program ’Green Survival’ was an award-winning program for improving the environment, more beauty to see, and conservation of land from erosion with plantings of trees and shrubs in the fight against environmental deterioration and focusses attention on the important role that plant life plays in a healthful environment.

Climate change is a terrible problem, and it absolutely needs to be solved. It deserves to be a huge priority. Bill Gates

Kathy Cronkite of the Saskatoon Star Phoenix wrote the “Green Survival War against ecology abuse.  This concrete and asphalt jungle, filthy air and cold, stark, angular outlines devoid of greenery, are the characteristics of the modern metropolis.  But man is instinctively against this type of life and often retreats to the country to enjoy fresh, clean air and green landscape as far as the eyes can see.  …Saskatoon’s parks and recreation board has preserved the areas of Beaver Creek and Cranberry Flats and the rifle range as open space to be enjoyed by Saskatoonians in pursuit of passive recreation such as picnics.  It [parks and rec] has also ventured into a massive project of planting 200,000 trees for local parks, on 600 acres of land south of Diefenbaker Park and south of the CNR station [Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area].

The Green Survival Campaign spread across North America in 1972 and 1973.  “A ‘Survival’ Message Green Survival has a message.  It is simply that “each individual can have a positive, meaningful effect on the quality of life by planting trees and other living plants.” The appeal of this simple message has spread across the nation, and beyond, to Canada, England, Holland and Germany.

“We are the first generation to feel the sting of climate change, and we are the last generation that can do something about it.” — Jay Inslee

‘Green Survival’ Time.  In France and in Canada’s French-speaking Quebec Province they say, “L’air pur… par la verdure.” In Germany they say, “Grun ist leben.” In some half-dozen countries, they express the message in their own language and here, all across the United States, it is said this way: “Green Survival. It’s something you do.” The term “Green Survival” is being seen in relation to almost any of nature’s growing gifts of plants and trees and shrubs. While communities have adopted programs to receive national recognition as ‘Green Survival Cities.’

“Green Survival  …the battle tends to center around water and air pollution,” said Mr. Kay. “One of the most important parts of our environment has been largely overlooked – the land itself. And it is here that the individual can serve a profound role in improving the world around us.” According to the Green Survival publication, steady progress is being made toward more abundant use of plant material in urban renewal, and toward providing more open space in the center cities of America. It reports that shopping malls are “Including landscaping in their designs and highway planting is becoming more and more apparent. Industry, too, has come to grips with the necessity of pleasing surroundings -both for employee satisfaction and neighborhood good-will, the booklet states. Copies of “Green Survival and the Environmental Crisis”, explaining the role of plant material and the individual in environmental quality …Joining in an all-out national campaign to stimulate individual action in the fight against environmental deterioration” (Free Press, 1970)

Today is Thursday April 30, and celebrating Earth Month. This year’s Earth Day 2020 theme is Climate Action.

 

“The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.” — Albert Einstein

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For directions as to how to drive to “George Genereux” Urban Regional Park

For directions on how to drive to Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

For more information:

Blairmore Sector Plan Report; planning for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area,  George Genereux Urban Regional Park and West Swale and areas around them inside of Saskatoon city limits

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′
Addresses:
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
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

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Facebook Group Page: Users of the George Genereux Urban Regional Park

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Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

Facebook: South West OLRA

Instagram: St.BarbeBaker

Twitter: StBarbeBaker

You Tube Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

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Please help protect / enhance /commemorate your afforestation areas, please contact the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. (e-mail / e-transfers)

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 “While the problem can sometimes seem overwhelming, we can turn things around — but we must move beyond climate talk to climate action.” — Ted Turner

“Preparing for climate change has to be a national priority backed by tens of billions in federal investment. Lives are on the line.” — Bill de Blasio

“I believed that God has lent us the Earth. It belongs as much to those who come after us as to us, and it ill behooves us by anything we do or neglect, to deprive them of benefits which are in our power to bequeath.” Richard St. Barbe Baker

Earth Month Events

Virtual Earth Month Afforestation Calendar

Day to day environmental learning, tidbits of information posted every day during Earth Month. Unfortunately with great thought it is wise to reduce suffering, so our planned spring outdoor gatherings have been cancelled to respect the COVID-19 protocols so as to not put people at risk in group gatherings – postponed are the bio-blitzes, scavenger hunts, tours, and Clean Green Community Scene volunteer cleanup. We are adding to our website daily online activities for the month of April which involve interaction, education and awareness about Earth Month with a focus on the Earth Month Theme Climate Change

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NOTE This calendar of virtual events will become activated on each day.

April 1 What supports biodiversity?

April 2 Trees offset carbon footprints!

April 3 Humour can help climate change

April 4 Volunteer Safely for Earth Month

April 5 What do you have to say?

April 6 Start your climate action journey

April 7 Health is Wealth

April 8 All of us share the environment

April 8 anthropomorphize your bird

April 9 Who is lackadaisical?

April 10 People realize how much they miss nature.

April 11 Everyone, everywhere is inextricably linked.

April 12 WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

April 13 Green Letters

April 14 The price of greatness is responsibility

April 15 conserve and sustain our planet

April 15 Think globally, act locally

April 16 Isn’t it so beautiful?

April 16 Saskatoon Fridays for Future

April 17 Save an endangered species

April 18 The greatest threat to our planet

April 19 Practice nephelococcygia today!

April 20 Adopt the pace of nature

April 21 a loving concern for the environment

April 22 Earth Day Earth Rise (external link)

April 22 Earth Day – Climate Change theme

April 23 read a book you care about

April 24 Sing your song

April 24 Scoop The Poop

April 25 act before it’s too late

April 26 Where Would We BEE

April 27 April 21-27 Earth Week

April 28 We have a problem

April 29 Green Climate Action

April 29 Dare to Dream!

April 30 we can turn things around

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Canada Helps

For directions as to how to drive to “George Genereux” Urban Regional Park

For directions on how to drive to Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

For more information:

Blairmore Sector Plan Report; planning for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area,  George Genereux Urban Regional Park and West Swale and areas around them inside of Saskatoon city limits

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′
Addresses:
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
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

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Facebook Group Page: Users of the George Genereux Urban Regional Park

Facebook: StBarbeBaker

Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

Facebook: South West OLRA

Instagram: St.BarbeBaker

Twitter: StBarbeBaker

You Tube Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

You Tube George Genereux Urban Regional Park

Please help protect / enhance /commemorate your afforestation areas, please contact the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. (e-mail / e-transfers)

Canada Helps

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“St. Barbe’s unique capacity to pass on his enthusiasm to others. . . Many foresters all over the world found their vocations as a result of hearing ‘The Man of the Trees’ speak. I certainly did, but his impact has been much wider than that. Through his global lecture tours, St. Barbe has made millions of people aware of the importance of trees and forests to our planet.” Allan Grainger

“The science of forestry arose from the recognition of a universal need. It embodies the spirit of service to mankind in attempting to provide a means of supplying forever a necessity of life and, in addition, ministering to man’s aesthetic tastes and recreational interests. Besides, the spiritual side of human nature needs the refreshing inspiration which comes from trees and woodlands. If a nation saves its trees, the trees will save the nation. And nations as well as tribes may be brought together in this great movement, based on the ideal of beautifying the world by the cultivation of one of God’s loveliest creatures – the tree.” ~ Richard St. Barbe Baker.

“I believed that God has lent us the Earth. It belongs as much to those who come after us as to us, and it ill behooves us by anything we do or neglect, to deprive them of benefits which are in our power to bequeath.” Richard St. Barbe Baker

act before it’s too late

GO BIRDING DAY

The last saturday of April~ April 25

Are there really any effects of Climate Change on birds?  Miners observed the ‘canary in the mine’ as an indicator of the health status in their area, and if they – the miners- were safe or not.  The state of the air would affect a small animal such as a bird first before a large animal such as a human.  So…what is the declining numbers of birds telling us?  Or are we ignoring the ‘canary in the mine’ today?


Audubon suggests there are measures that can be taken to help protect birds, as they have made observations of how the “warming temperatures, shifting seasons, changing precipitation, and rising sea levels are disrupting the behavior of our feathered friends and the ecosystems that support them.”  Did you know that the American Robin and Sandhill Crane are among two birds which Audubon has listed as bird species at risk. Birds are experiencing phenological changes.  What will it mean if birds nest, and lay eggs earlier, or migrate sooner in the spring?  Will it mean that there will be  no food for them to eat?  The environment is not catching up to the changes in the bird’s adaptation lifestyle.  Nature Canada suggests that “climate change will put large numbers of birds at risk of extinction.”

COVID-19 health specialists provided projections in regards to the numbers of people who may be infected, and how hospitals and health care facilities will be impacted.  National Geographic and the US Forest Service  have also made projections about climate change and the bird populations.  Humans, rallied, and followed protocols, to level the COVID-19 pandemic results.  Where, human lives were at stake, there was an impetus to move swiftly, decisively and fast.  Governments issued large fines for anyone not taking the appropriate safety measures to flatten the curve.  This worked well for humans.  Can we do the same thing for our feathered friends?  Will governments stand by environmental policies?  As you are taking measures to self-isolate, and social distance, are you also writing letters to your federal, provincial or municipal governments to see what can be done for birds?

A few ideas which you can take personally, are protecting birds from window strikes, and keeping your pet cat indoors.  If you do not have a pet cat, plant a bird friendly yard. Other suggestions are to take action on climate change at a local level, and plant native plants and trees.

Today on “Go Birding Day” follow health protocols for COVID-19.  If you are self-isolating write letters, and learn about the birds seen at the afforestation areas.  Listen to bird calls online, and study the predicted migration patterns.
“Some people are very competitive in their birding. Maybe they’ll die happy, having seen a thousand species before they die, but I’ll die happy knowing I’ve spent all that quiet time being present.” ― Lynn Thomson
April 21-27 is Earth Week!  Saturday,  April 25, is coming close to the end of Earth Month. This year’s Earth Day 2020 theme is Climate Action.

Canada Helps

For directions as to how to drive to “George Genereux” Urban Regional Park

For directions on how to drive to Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

For more information:

Blairmore Sector Plan Report; planning for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area,  George Genereux Urban Regional Park and West Swale and areas around them inside of Saskatoon city limits

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′
Addresses:
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

Pinterest richardstbarbeb

Facebook Group Page: Users of the George Genereux Urban Regional Park

Facebook: StBarbeBaker

Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

Facebook: South West OLRA

Twitter: StBarbeBaker

Please help protect / enhance your afforestation areas, please contact the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. (e-mail)

Support the afforestation areas with your donation or membership ($20.00/year).  Please donate by paypal using the e-mail friendsafforestation AT gmail.com, or by using e-transfers  Please and thank you!  Your donation and membership is greatly appreciated.  Members e-mail your contact information to be kept up to date!

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“Climate change is the environmental challenge of this generation, and it is imperative that we act before it’s too late.”- John Delaney

 “Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth… these are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security, and women’s empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all.” – Ban Ki-moon

“Climate change is happening, humans are causing it, and I think this is perhaps the most serious environmental issue facing us.” – Bill Nye

 

Scoop The Poop

National Scoop the Poop Week – April 24-30

When you pop out to the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area or George Genereux Urban Regional Park, please observe this commemorative occasion.  The South West Off Leash Dog Park, would super appreciate your efforts.  The snow changes between ice and puddles and it is not too, too much fun falling in a loaded puddle.

April is Community Spirit Month, and this week is a great time to show community spirit!

In keeping with the Earth Month Climate Action theme, there are ways to have pets, and take action on climate change.  A very simple way according to Verge is to change over your pet’s kibble to a plant based protein formula.  Dr. Mercola also advises to “Kick all Kibble to the Curb” suggesting to “incorporate a variety of fresh foods into your pet’s diet, too. Blueberries, chia and hemp seeds in coconut oil, raw pumpkin seeds, fermented vegetables and kefir.  Dogs Naturally advises to consider healthy ways of using plant proteins, and soak, rinse or ferment all legumes first to reduce the lectin content. Lindsay Nixon mentions, that she feeds her dogs [pre-soaked or pressure cooked] brown rice with a “base of lentils [also pre-soaked or pressure cooked], with bell pepper, cucumber, yellow squash, cabbage, lettuce and cauliflower, plus some leftover rice.” 

We have to change how we produce and consume food, not just for environmental reasons, but because this is an existential issue for humans.
Janet Ranganathan, vice-president for science and research at the World Resources Institute (WRI)

National Scoop the Poop Week – April 24-30 falls within Earth Month with a theme this year of Climate Action.

I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do. – Edward Everett Hale

 

For directions as to how to drive to “George Genereux” Urban Regional Park

For directions on how to drive to Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

For more information:

Canada Helps

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′
Addresses:
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
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

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Facebook Group Page: Users of the George Genereux Urban Regional Park

Facebook: StBarbeBaker

Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

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By 2025, droughts, food shortages and scarcity of fresh water will plague large swaths of the globe, from northern China to the Horn of Africa.
Thomas Fingar, U.S. intelligence community’s analyst

 

“They’re teaching about The Pyramid of Life in the schools today. There is the ground producing all the soil bacteria, which is in the top few inches. That grows the grass, and a a lamb comes along and eats ten pounds of grass, and that makes one lamb, and then a tiger comes along and eats ten pounds of lamb, and that makes one pound of tiger. We have too many tigers. The Pyramid of Life is upset, and one of the things we must do is to turn from an animal economy to a silvan economy. We’ve got to have tree crops, instead of wasting all this land for raising beef and bringing money to the beef barons, who are proud to call themselves beef barons. It takes eighteen times more land to feed people on beef than it does on nuts and fruit. Eighteen times more land. When half the human family today are dying from starvation. I don’t feel justified in making these demands on the earth. I, myself have been a lifelong vegetarian. ” Richard St. Barbe Baker. State of the Forests. Probe Post Canada’s Environmental Magazine, October 1982. Richard Beharriell interview with Richard St. Barbe Baker

 

Earth Day – Climate Change

Earth Day – Climate Change

S M V Q M I C J T D Y I P Y Y
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    1. “Climate change is happening, ****** are causing it, and I think this is perhaps the most serious environmental issue facing us.” ~Bill Nye
    2. Afforestation Areas are carbon *****.
    3. “Millions of acres of rich farm lands are now deserts as the direct result of wholesale destruction of trees and forests…Of the earth’s 30 billion trees, already nine million acres [are replaced by] desert …We submit that if the earth loses a third of its tree cover it will assuredly die. The water ***** will sink beyond recall, and life on this planet will become impossible. It is a deplorable fact that during the past fifty years we have been skinning the earth alive.~Richard St. Barbe Baker.”
    4. Afforestation and Reforestation are both activities under 2020 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto ********.
    5. Trees absorb carbon dioxide emissions, and release ******.
    6. “When the trees go, the rain goes, the ******* deteriorates, the water table sinks, the land erodes and desert conditions soon appear.”~Richard St. Barbe Baker
    7. “The stone is there to water the tree; this is what we call stone mulching or top mulching. The stone draws down the heat and it draws up the heat from below and draws up the ******** and will protect the worm. The worm will come up and down, and enjoy a cool night under the stone in the moisture that is accumulated under the stone. And in the morning the worm goes down again. If you pick up that stone you’ll see two or three worms just underneath, all in the cool and damp. But what is not generally understood is that you can’t have superphosphate and worms. The worms don’t like the superphosphate or any of the chemicals or weed killers and things you put on the crops now, these selective killers. You have to make up your mind whether you’re going to harness the worm or you’re going to work for the chemical merchant.” ~Richard St. Barbe Baker
    8. “A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the ***** of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt
    9. “The trees and vegetation, which cover the land surface of the ***** and delight the eye, are performing vital tasks incumbent upon the vegetable world in nature. Its presence is essential to earth as an organism. It is the first condition of all life; it is the ‘skin’ of the earth, for without it there can be no water, and therefore, no life.” ~Richard St. Barbe Baker
    10. “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the ***** around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” — Jane Goodall

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April 21-27 is Earth Week! Today is Wednesday,  April 22, the 50th birthday of Earth Day. This year’s Earth Day 2020 theme is Climate Action.  Celebrate Earth Day with this little puzzle about climate change!

For directions as to how to drive to “George Genereux” Urban Regional Park

For directions on how to drive to Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

For more information:

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Blairmore Sector Plan Report; planning for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area,  George Genereux Urban Regional Park and West Swale and areas around them inside of Saskatoon city limits

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′
Addresses:
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

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ALPHABETICAL WORD LISTING FOR THE WORD SEARCH PUZZLE

CLIMATE EARTH HUMANS
LUNGS MOISTURE OXYGEN
PROTOCOL SINKS TABLE
WORLD

 

10 of 10 words were placed into the puzzle.

Created by Puzzlemaker at DiscoveryEducation.com

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” John Muir

Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Practice nephelococcygia today!

APRIL 19, 2020 marks the beginning of SKY AWARENESS WEEK.

The afforestation areas were started as city tree nurseries under the banner of the Green Survival Program.  The Green Survival Programwas concerned about ecology abuse, and pollution, providing planting, and greening up the planet, with a motto, “It’s up to you!”

What is nephelococcygia?

While practicing the art of self-isolation, and social distancing for COVID-19, take in the art of nephelococcygia.  Nephelococcygia is simply laying back for the pleasure of seeking and finding shapes in clouds.  

Can you draw, or paint the shapes which you find?  When you do create a picture, would anyone ever believe, that really the clouds looked like that on that day?

As you look up at the clouds, consider how clouds form.  Learn how to classify clouds at the PBS Nova Cloud Lab.

Did you know that Air pollution drops as countries shut down amid spread of COVID-19 and India’s coronavirus lockdown is having a dramatic impact on pollution?  Just as all the COVID-19 protocols meant that people stepped up and practiced various measures for their own personal safety, and the collective safety of friends and families, so too, it is important to save the habitats around the world from sky – and air pollution.  What measures can you take to make sure that your grandchildren will be able to practice nephelococcygia?  Where can you lower your carbon footprint?  Can you change vehicles?  Can you change the way your home or business sets its carbon footprint?  Contemplate how to keep your air and sky pollution low with the same earnestness and passion devoted to COVID-19.  Can you plant a tree?  Actually can you plant a forest?  What an amazing method forests and trees are to help reduce the carbon footprint around the world.

On Sunday April 19, there are three days before the Earth Day celebration! This year’s Earth Day 2020 theme is Climate Action, which will be explored during Earth Month.

For directions as to how to drive to “George Genereux” Urban Regional Park

For directions on how to drive to Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

  Canada Helps

For more information:

Blairmore Sector Plan Report; planning for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area,  George Genereux Urban Regional Park and West Swale and areas around them inside of Saskatoon city limits

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′
Addresses:
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

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Facebook Group Page: Users of the George Genereux Urban Regional Park

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Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

Facebook: South West OLRA

Twitter: StBarbeBaker

Please help protect / enhance your afforestation areas, please contact the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. (e-mail)

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If we pollute the air, water and soil that keep us alive and well, and destroy the biodiversity that allows natural systems to function, no amount of money will save us. – David Suzuki

Never to allow gradually the traffic to smother / With noise and fog the flowering of the spirit. Stephen Spender

Saskatoon Fridays for Future

Join a Fridays for Future Event in Saskatoon

In front of townhall|In front of townhall
At 12.00-13.00 (noon to 1pm)|At 12.00-13.00 (noon to 1pm)
Fri, 17 Apr 2020

This Friday For Futures Event is action being taken, walking in the footsteps of Greta Thunberg.  Follow social distancing and health guidelines.  Please comment virtually if you are on social isolation!

Friday,  April 17, Earth Week. This year’s Earth Day 2020 theme is Climate Action.

We really need to kick the carbon habit and stop making our energy from burning things. Climate change is also really important. You can wreck one rainforest then move, drain one area of resources and move onto another, but climate change is global. ~David Attenborough

For directions as to how to drive to “George Genereux” Urban Regional Park

For directions on how to drive to Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

For more information:

Canada Helps

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′
Addresses:
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
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

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Facebook Group Page: Users of the George Genereux Urban Regional Park

Facebook: StBarbeBaker

Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

Facebook: South West OLRA

Twitter: StBarbeBaker

Please help protect / enhance your afforestation areas, please contact the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. (e-mail / e-transfers )

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There is no question that climate change is happening; the only arguable point is what part humans are playing in it.~David Attenborough

The damage that climate change is causing and that will get worse if we fail to act goes beyond the hundreds of thousands of lives, homes and businesses lost, ecosystems destroyed, species driven to extinction, infrastructure smashed and people inconvenienced. David Suzuki

 

Isn’t it so beautiful?

NATIONAL ORCHID DAY APRIL 16

Small Yellow Lady's Slipper - Cypripedium parviflorum Courtesy James St. John cc2-0
Small Yellow Lady’s Slipper – Cypripedium parviflorum Courtesy James St. John cc2-0
Small Yellow Lady's Slipper - Cypripedium parviflorum Courtesy Judy Gallagher cc2-0
Small Yellow Lady’s Slipper – Cypripedium parviflorum Courtesy Judy Gallagher cc2-0

Orchids, are quite unique among the outdoor native flowers.  Sadly a great many of the orchids are declining.  Orchids require a special and unique habitat with the corresponding nutrients in the soil, and the right neighbours.  Because humans love orchids so, the collection of orchids in the wild to transplant in the human garden is a great factor in their decline.  Daryl E. Mergen, in his peer-reviewed report for the USDA Forest Service, mentions that this little orchid is very sensitive required “calacarous derived soils” for it to thrive.  Orchids pretty much always die on transplanting, so it is much better to appreciate them in their home habitat, and not uproot them.  That’s not the only reason the Small Yellow Lady’s Slipper is a provincially listed species.  As mentioned earlier, the habitat is critical for this particular species of orchid.  Habitat destruction by human beings plays a major role in the extirpation of the Small Yellow Lady’s Slipper.   The Canadian Orchid Congress encourages you to stay on the trail, and do not step off the trail, and do not braid the trail (i.e. do not change the route of the trail) not even to look at this flower, nor take its picture for such a human disturbance may be a tragedy.  Daryl E. Mergen,in his report for the USDA Forest Service, mentions that this little orchid required “calacarous derived soils” for it to thrive.  Saskatchewan Environment and Resource Management Minister Lorne Scott relates that those wild plants at risk are subject to their recovery plans which means that the Small Yellow Lady’s Slipper is “protected from being: disturbed, collected, harvested…”  Both Renny Grilz of the MVA and the Saskatoon Nature Society have spoken to the Small Yellow Lady’s Slipper in the afforestation area.  Grilz mentioned that the habitat where this orchid is found is very conducive to this endangered species.

The City of Saskatoon [CoS], along with the Meewasin Valley Authority [MVA] has implemented a wonderful programme.  They have deemed it necessary to conduct ecological assessments of the afforestation areas in regards to the master plan.  With such foresight, and being thus concerned with the conservation aspects of endangered species, the Small yellow Lady’s Slipper which was found on two different years in the afforestation area, may, indeed have a home in which to thrive, helping this orchid succeed and not become extirpated or extinct.

“You have to hold yourself accountable for your actions, and that’s how we’re going to protect the Earth.”– Julia Butterfly Hill

In this era of climate change, when we may see the seasons becoming wetter, wilder, and warmer, there will be stress on all forms of plants and animals.  This is where living in a community which makes a difference really comes to the forefront with earth friendly design.  It is one small step to having a greener footprint as the users in the afforestation area increase exponentially.  Excellent resources on season change (phenology) can be found here on theNational Phenology Network.

Here is a great activity; “What can we do about climate change?”

You can help the environment by using energy efficient devices in your home.  Reducing waste as you travel is another wonderful way to stand up for the environment.  Whenever you are able to find efficient means of travelling, such as a car-pool, taking the bus, walking, travelling by skateboard, or bicycle, or changing to a smaller vehicle.  During the pandemic, an even greater green efficiency is to follow the COVID-19 protocols and stay at home!  This will be protective for yourself as well as for the environment.  Do  your part.

Today is Thursday April 16, and celebrating Earth Month. This year’s Earth Day 2020 theme is Climate Action.

What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another. – Mahatma Gandhi

For directions as to how to drive to “George Genereux” Urban Regional Park

For directions on how to drive to Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

For more information:

Canada Helps

Blairmore Sector Plan Report; planning for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area,  George Genereux Urban Regional Park and West Swale and areas around them inside of Saskatoon city limits

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′
Addresses:
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
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

Pinterest richardstbarbeb

Facebook Group Page: Users of the George Genereux Urban Regional Park

Facebook: StBarbeBaker

Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

Facebook: South West OLRA

Instagram: St.BarbeBaker

Twitter: StBarbeBaker

You Tube Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

You Tube George Genereux Urban Regional Park

Please help protect / enhance /commemorate your afforestation areas, please contact the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. (e-mail / e-transfers)

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“To do good, you actually have to do something.” – Yvon Chouinard

 We must face up to an inescapable reality: the challenges of sustainability simply overwhelm the adequacy of our responses. With some honourable exceptions, our responses are too few, too little and too late. – Kofi A. Annan