Different people have various wishes as they contemplate what wishes they may make on World Wish Day.
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What do you wish for in the school curriculum?
What do you wish for when it comes to city planning?
What do you wish for biodiversity?
What do you wish for future generations?
What do you wish for climate action?
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. – Anne Frank
“May Light always surround you;
Hope kindle and rebound you.
May your Hurts turn to Healing;
Your Heart embrace Feeling.
May Wounds become Wisdom;
Every Kindness a Prism.
May Laughter infect you;
Your Passion resurrect you.
May Goodness inspire
your Deepest Desires.
Through all that you Reach For,
May your arms Never Tire.”
― D. Simone
We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect. – Aldo Leopold
There is a great need for the introduction of new values in our society, where bigger is not necessarily better, where slower can be faster, and where less can be more. – Gaylord Nelson
“Dare to dream! If you did not have the capability to make your wildest wishes come true, your mind would not have the capacity to conjure such ideas in the first place. There is no limitation on what you can potentially achieve, except for the limitation you choose to impose on your own imagination. What you believe to be possible will always come to pass – to the extent that you deem it possible. It really is as simple as that.”
― Anthon St. Maarten
World Science Day for Peace and Development 10 November 2018
World Peace; International Peace
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What would Richard St. Barbe Baker say?
First he would say plant more trees ~ as he saw first hand the devastating effects of tree shortage on his posting to Kenya Africa as Assistant Conservator of Forests [ACF]. Learning the language, the culture, and customs of the various tribes, Richard St. Barbe Baker arranged a tribal dance, and selected the very first forest scouts ~ the Watu Wa Miti. This was the formation of the “Men of the Trees” organisation which later became the “International Tree Foundation.” Together, as one, the tribes flourished, together competing to plant trees. Richard St. Barbe Baker arrived in Kenya, the local tribesman had retreated to a small patch of land, the last remaining forest surrounded by desert extending thousands of miles around them. The movement of the Watu Wa Miti (translated as The Men of the Trees) grew. Tribes who were hostile with each other, exchanged hospitalities with one another. Whereas in the face of increasing desertification, the chiefs had forbidden child bearing as the end of the forests were on the horizon, Richard St. Barbe Baker gave these people a method of starting a green belt, to push the desert back… Professor Wangari Maathai, continued the green belt movement and won the Nobel Prize in 2004.
Secondly, St. Barbe would encourage a vegan lifestyle to feed the populations of the world to create a more peaceful lifestyle. “I am convinced that the vegan way of life is the only sane way of life, and realising that the basic cause of tension is growing populations and diminishing food sources, for the past ten years I have devoted much of my time to studying the question of food production and the problems of large scale land reclamation by tree planting. ~ Richard St. Barbe Baker
“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 demans 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 in 1980.
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“The future of the planet concerns all of us, and all of us should do what we can to protect it. ” Wangari Maathai.
“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 nations 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.