People realize how much they miss nature

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.

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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
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“Why shouldn’t we collaborate?”

The only answer is to plant more trees – to plant for our lives. ~Richard St. Barbe Baker

 

“Why shouldn’t we collaborate?”

The study of life, like the study of a forest or a landscape, should begin with the most conspicuous features. Not until these have been fixed in memory will the lesser features fall into their appropriate places and assume their right proportions.

Richard St. Barbe Baker travelled the world collaborating with world leaders to plant trees. He wrote of a few of the few tall trees or great persons he met along the journey. St. Barbe Baker’s international organization, the Men of the Trees, is now known as the International Tree Foundation (ITF). ITF has branches in over 100 countries. Looking at the statistics behind the organizations St. Barbe founded or assisted have been responsible for planting at least 26 billion trees around the world according to the The International Journal of Environmental Studies, Volume 14, 1979.

“Good design begins with honesty, asks tough questions, comes from collaboration and from trusting your intuition.” —Freeman Thomas

There is no doubt that Dr. Richard St. Barbe Baker, L.L.D, O.B.E. had endless energy, and was carried along by an internal conviction of a world made green again. His spiritual vision, experiences, and awakening to trees has inspired millions around the world to plant trees and forests, which changed climate and reclaimed deserts.

St. Barbe Baker sent out an appeal for a “Green Front against the desert.” This environmental collaboration resulted in Africa’s Great Green Wall, a 4,000 mile (6,450 km) long, nine mile (15 km) deep forest of trees across eleven African countries. ” Countries of the Sahara collaborating for a common cause will provide a model for better understanding between man and man, nation and nation. Reclamation of the Sahara became his obsession.Mehta” Even now, about 70 years later, “the paradox of the wall means that it will serve to unite countries, not divide them. At the border regions of Mali and Niger, many of the local communities have ignored national boundaries in order to collaborate with each other on plant propagation and water conservation schemes.Laorden

St. Barbe collaborated with President Franklin D. Roosevelt on the environment programme to plant three million trees across the United States under the Civilian Conservation Corps New Deal Initiative. This environmental undertaking developed parks, conservation efforts, and prevented the erosion of soil during the “dirty thirties.”

Viktor Schauberger to whom, “water, forests and natural energies and their generation were ever his passionate concernSchauberger“. This passion of Schauberger’s is echoed in the speeches and writings of his friend, St. Barbe Baker. Viktor Schauberger was an Austrian forest caretaker, naturalist, philosopher, inventor and biomimicry experimenter.

If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” —Isaac Newton

Who is Richard St. Barbe Baker collaborating with today? Today St. Barbe Baker is reaching out to everyone of us, “to plant trees, to plant trees for our lives”.

“The great Empires of Assyria, Babylon, Carthage and Persia were destroyed by floods and deserts let loose in the wake of forest destruction. Erosion following forest destruction and soil depletion has been one of the most powerfully destructive forces in bringing about the downfall of civilizations and wiping out human existence from large tracts of the earth’s surface. Erosion does not march with a blast of trumpets or the beating of drums, but its tactics are more subtle, more sinister.” ~ Richard St. Barbe Baker

“Until the 19th century most believed that ecosystems would always be able to recover from the pressure humanity has put on them. [7]

“Finally it will be Man’s turn. We forget that we owe our existence to the presence of trees and as far as forest cover goes, we have never been in such a vulnerable position as we are today. The only answer is to plant more trees – to plant for our lives.” ~Richard St. Barbe Baker

BIBLIOGRAPHY
[1] Laorden, Carlos. ‘Great Wall of Africa’ planned to hold back the Sahara. El País – Planeta Futuro Eurativ.com. May 6, 2016.

[2] Mantle, Paul. The man of the trees and the great green wall BahaiTeachings.org

[3] Mehta, Kisan. Barbe Baker, Crusader and World Citizen. Aug 20 ,1980

[4] Momen, Wendi and Voykovic, Anthony A. Richard Edward St. Barbe Baker “Richard Edward St. Barbe Baker” Bahá’í Encyclopedia Project, bahai-encyclopedia-project.org

[5] Schauberger, Viktor. Living Energies. Publisher Рипол Классик. ISBN 5882222885, 9785882222887.

[6] St. Barbe Baker, R. (1944) I Planted Trees, Lutterworth Press, London and RedHill.

[7] What is Systems Engineering? – The Natural Edge Project Whole System Design Suite Taking a whole system approach to achieving sustainable design outcomes Unit 2: The Fundamentals of Systems Engineering to Inform a Whole System Approach. July 2007. Australian Government. Department of the Environment and Water Resources.

“The fate of an individual or a nation will always be determined by the degree of his or its harmony with the forces and laws of Nature and the universe. Man is not alone in the universe but is surrounded by sources of power, harmony and knowledge. The fullness of life depends upon man’s harmony with the totality of the natural cosmic laws. Our individual evolution is a job that has to be carried on day by day by each individual himself. It is a livelong task.” ~Richard St. Barbe Baker.

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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

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 /commemorate 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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The trees and vegetation, which cover the land surface of the Earth 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 it the ‘skin’ of the earth, for without it there can be no water, and therefore, no life.~Richard St. Barbe Baker

 

It is not a farce.…”To be whole. To be complete. Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from.” ~Terry Tempest Williams

 

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