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OASIS event: Can Trees Make it Rain?

April 13, 2011

Chaired by Sheila Doyle, Co-ordinator, Friends of Earth  

Hemel Hempstead and District

Date:  18 April 2011

Place:  Hemel Hempstead, Herts

Location: The Quaker Meeting House, 1 The Alleys, St.Mary’s Road, Hemel Hempstead HP2 5ZB

Time:  8pm

Cost:  FREE

Speaker: Greg Peachey, Project Director,  Operation OASIS and founder of the FREdome Visionary Trust

Planting trees in the desert to absorb carbon emissions is a radical idea – but could it become a reality?

That is the question for debate with charismatic community organiser Greg Peachey, founder of the St Albans-based FREdome Visionary Trust.

Greg will be in Hemel Hempstead next week to give a presentation on the Trust’s latest project: Operation OASIS. The project aims to reverse the build-up of atmospheric carbon dioxide by establishing forests in areas of the world that have become desert.

“Increasingly, areas of the world are becoming more arid. Action is needed urgently to prevent species loss, and reduce conflict over scarce resources like food, fuel and water,” says Greg, 52, who has given up a successful career in management consultancy to pursue his personal convictions. 

The principles of Operation OASIS were debated at an open meeting of an All Party Parliamentary Group last November. Since then the idea has attracted support from cutting-edge environmental scientists around the UK and representatives of the UK shipping industry.

Paul Harris, the Green Party candidate for Gadebridge local borough council elections and sitting parish councillor for Great Gaddesden, is an enthusiastic supporter of the project: he says,

 “Trees are a win – win for everyone! They are the foundation of all life. They absorb CO2, they give back oxygen, they regulate temperature and rainfall,  they bind soil together and prevent flooding. Sustainable forestry enables more food to be produced, increases bio-diversity, provides work and generates fuel.“  

Anyone with an interest in environmental issues is welcome to come to the meeting to find out more about Operation OASIS, which includes radical proposals for job creation in the Hertfordshire area.

The originator and Technical Director of the Overseas Arid Soil Irrigation (OASIS) Solution is Andrew K. Fletcher.

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