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A budget for the Age of Global Restoration

April 7, 2014

 

As the UK government clutches at straws for evidence of economic recovery, we reiterate our warning: global economic decline is the inevitable and logical result of resource depletion.

We must therefor deploy all our knowledge of nature and technological skill to actively and wisely invest in our shared Natural Capital. In short we must restore the Earth.

Thankfully all around  the world people are gathering together to rebuild their local ecologies, led by forward thinking organisations such as The Savory Institute. Is this part of a major trend?

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Rainbow over restored grass land in Africa (The Savory Institute)

Two years ago I was stunned by the FREdome Youth Team who claimed a new age was about to dawn:
‘The Age of Global Restoration’.

It was a then-16 year-old Tara Gibbins-Klein who introduced the idea at the opening of our second Parliamentary meeting, March 2012. Please view this short video clip:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5VP7MkTUNk

 I, along with many others, support the ambitious, creative, and beautiful concept of Operation OASIS:  a climate change reversal and carbon cycling solution for global recovery.

In time,  it will restore arid environments to make them lush, green, productive and sustainable – again.

Let’s make environmental investment an essential requirement of our economics. ‘Economic’ means ‘household management’ in Greek. What’s the point in the ‘nomics’ (management), if you have no home to live in?

Could Operation OASIS could help kickstart Global Restoration?

Suzanne Watts

FREdome Visionary

 

Save our Shores! Crack appears along Birling Gap

March 5, 2014
SOS written in sand

 

View BBC report on cliff crack Birling Gap

The 9 m crack at Birling Gap (Source: Geograph)

 

The BBC  reports a large crack has appeared along a cliff top at Birling Gap:

The popular coastal attraction has suffered seven years’ worth of erosion in two months.”

Our Isle has been shrinking significantly this winter. Cliff falls like this one at Hastings not uncommon.

The old coastguard cottages are being taken one-by-one. Some local people think defences should be built… But for now Nature is being left to take its toll.

Is anything being done to stop coastal erosion?

Should anything be done?

Surely,  where something can be done –  it should be done?

Find out more about our proposal to rebuild vulnerable parts of the British coastline – using nature’s own defences.

SOS written in sandhttp://www.fredome.org/save-our-shores/save-our-shores-home

 

Citizen power to save trees

February 14, 2014

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A citizen science study, involving more than 3,500 people, has revealed the spread and establishment of the horse chestnut leaf-miner in the UK according to a recent report by Mark Kinver for the BBC*

Our own initiative http://www.spreadtrees.com is a citizen-led project to plant saplings to defend our coastline against further erosion: coastal trees would help conduct much needed airborne moisture from the sea to increase rainfall over dry farmland. In cases of deluge, tree roots would help take up excess water.

Please help by collecting seeds and registering them at http://www.spreadtrees.com

View report by Mark Kinver Environment reporter at BBC News

‘Plant trees to stop flooding’

February 12, 2014

Britain should turn swathes of its upland pastures into woodland to help prevent flooding, according to a former environment minister, Lord Rooker. He said new forests would slow flooding by trapping water with their roots.

The idea of “rewilding” the uplands is catching on as parts of Britain face repeated flooding.

Find out more about this story at the BBC website 

Read this supporting Environment Agency research paper at the River Management Blog

Our project – www.SpreadTrees.com  – aims to involve the community in tree planting in reforesting vulnerable coastal areas to improve soil, absorb water, encourage tree growth and stabilise climate

 

 

George Monbiot in the Guardian: Flood policies wreck homes and lives

February 11, 2014

Every year billions are spent in Britain and Europe on policies that wreck homes and lives through flooding, says George Monbiot writing in the Guardian on Monday 13 January, 2014  Jump to comments (836)

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‘Vast amounts of public money are spent every year on policies that make devastating floods inevitable.’ Illustration by Daniel Pudles

BBC report on sea level threat to Wales

February 11, 2014
The solution

Coastal communities in Wales face being abandoned as rising sea levels mean the cost of maintaining defences can no longer be justified, BBC Wales can reveal.

View video and report transcript on the BBC website.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-26125479

Given that the amount of energy from the sun on the Earth’s surface is a constant and the Earth’s water is also relatively a constant, water evaporation into the atmosphere should not change.

We know that losses of arable and fertile land through desertification is expanding along with the immense deserts which are already over 1/3rd of our land.

This does not take into account all of the land we have built on, tarmac’ed / concreted over.

We can see Australia, Southern Europe, United States, and other countries affected by more extreme weather events year after year. Forest fires raging in one region and flash floods in another are by no means happening in isolation.

In fact as one land becomes tinder dry through lack of rainfall another becomes flooded through an excess of rainfall.

This should sound alarm bells. Rainfall patterns are changing and so is our climate.

The only way to reverse this trend is to address desertification and the only way to address desertification is to restore the forests that once covered these massive expanses of barren uninhabitable lands.

What happens in one country is not disconnected to what is happening elsewhere and we need to wake up.

Find out more at http://www.fredome.org/operation-oasis/operation-oasis-home

 

Get Brownie points for going Green

November 4, 2013

PRESS RELEASE

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The SpreadTrees website promotes our Pocketful of Acorns project

 

You can help plant a national forest this autumn, without even leaving your home!

In the process you will win green credentials for yourself and your chosen organisation, whilst helping a combined solution to today’s economic and environmental issues!

Just how worthwhile is all that?

The Herts Green Award-winning FREdome Visionary Trust has just launched a campaign to encourage you to scoop up tree seeds, such as acorns and winged sycamore seeds, whilst walking under trees this autumn, and to mix them with soil into used plastic supermarket carrier bags or plastic plant pots that are frequently discarded, in your gardens, drives and balconies. If everyone does this and waters them occasionally, we will have a national community garden forest in no time at all, ready to be transplanted in designated sites!

We want to involve all schools in helping to plant millions of trees for future generations to enjoy. Diseases, intensive farming and storms are decimating native woodlands. Our native wildlife is rapidly running out of its natural habitats and needs your help today in order to survive.

If you won’t be walking under any trees, then you can just throw your left-over cores from English fruit and nuts into your carrier bags instead – so anyone who cares about the environment can take part.

After 2-3 years, FREdome will organise for your saplings to be collected by local volunteers and transplanted to local woodland or taken to the seaside to add to our coastal bio-shield.

Trees improve and enhance local environments and are vital to help defend the rapidly retreating coastlines and river banks in front of our prime agricultural land upon which our national food security depends. For example, particularly during stormy weather, on coasts such as in North Norfolk, shores are receding by up to a jaw-dropping 12 metres a year! People’s property and land is simply falling into the sea. As a small island, Britain cannot afford to keep getting smaller.

 

The Pocket Full Of Acorns idea behind community tree planting is the brainchild of engineer, Andrew K Fletcher. As he points out, we can even save properties near eroding cliffs almost immediately.  Collapsible stainless steel metal baskets (gabions) can be filled with stones or rubble. Coastal soil can then be built up and sloped back at an angle of 30 degrees against the eroding cliffs. The roots of salt tolerant trees including sea buckthorn and sycamore planted in the sloping soil will bind the rubble to the ground, affording instant and ever-increasing protection. The angle of the slope is important to send counteracting waves back towards incoming waves.

Bryony Nierop-Reading, who lives in a house in imminent danger from the sea has been waiting desperately for this moment: “It’s been seriously depressing seeing five  years of re-vegetating on my cliff frontage disappear into the sea in the recent  easterly gales with repeated cliff falls leaving near vertical walls of bright yellow sand. How to get stuff growing there again to hold the cliff together is my problem now. I wish Andrew’s gabion idea had been put into practice, then there would have been a natural slope to plant on…”

Meanwhile, New Zealand has found that where communities re-plant vegetation on eroding shores, their coastlines actually rise up and extend further out. In East Java, coastal trees – where they existed – even protected buildings from the onslaught of the famous Tsunami. They can certain defend our coasts against the ravages of the North Sea.

And there’s more… The ultimate global vision is to use trees to re-connect rainforests across arid areas to coastlines, so that vast new crops can convert excess carbon emissions and waste back into food and fuel, which are in ever shorter supply and therefore rocketing in price. This has the potential to resolve both today’s economic and environmental issues.

Because it is the futures of young people that are at stake, FREdome is planning to engage, not only companies and charities, but particularly universities and schools, emphasising the rebuilding of the carbon cycle within the National Science Curriculum.

The youth representatives of our Trust would like this to usher in what they call ‘The Age of Restoration.’ And it all starts with the fruit cores that you would otherwise throw away.”

 

To take part, please visit www.SpreadTrees.com. You can pin your participation as trees to a Google map and feature in a league showing which individuals, organisations and UK areas have planted the most trees and invited the most people to do the same.

 

ENDS

Additional Information…

 

The FREdome Visionary Trust is a Herts-based charity, Registration Number 1147724. www.fredome.org

 

FREdome was a finalist for the Best Environmental Project of the Year and outright winner in the Green Communication category of the Hertfordshire Green Awards 2011.

 

At the end of last year (6th December 2012) the Herts Advertiser published an article “Pick up seeds and plant a forest” reporting that the Paper has teamed up with the project: http://pages.cdn.pagesuite.com/e/b/ebadb391-78b2-41c3-809f-ba150c740b0d/page.pdf.  Editor, Matt Adams advised FREdome to link up with schools. Now that the interactive website is available to support this, we would like to press ahead implementing this advice by organising and inviting students, parents and teachers to a launch presentation.

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