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Discussions explore ethics, environment

The Baha’is of Nevada County will host discussions in August about the relationship of ethics and the environment.

Sunday, the Spiritual Café will explore the life and legacy of Richard St. Barbe Baker, Man of the Trees.

On Aug. 24, the Spiritual Book Club will discuss ideas presented in “Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril,” an anthology of essays by 80 visionary leaders.



Both meetings will be at 1 p.m. in the community room at the Nevada County Public Library.

At the Spiritual Café, Paul Mantle will present the history and spiritual impetus for Richard St. Barbe Baker’s work.




“Man of the Trees, Selected Writings of Richard St. Barbe Baker,” provides background reading for interested participants.

St. Barbe Baker acted out his belief that “A man who plants a tree is doing a wonderful thing. He is setting in motion an organism which may far outlive him or his children, and year by year that tree is storing up energy and power, working with precision like a factory, but far superior to any factory of man.”

According to the website manofthetrees.com, Richard St. Barbe Baker (1889-1982) was the world’s greatest forester. His mission in life was set at the age of 5 in the English countryside by a mystical bonding experience with the forest.

He went on to become responsible for the planting of more trees than anyone else in history, according to the website.

He also was among the first ecologists to draw public attention to the global dimensions of deforestation and desert encroachment, according to the website.

In Kenya in 1922, with the help of 3,000 Kikuyu warriors, he launched the Men of the Trees, which became an international movement that advanced tree planting and conservation in 108 countries.

He conceived the Civilian Conservation Corps for U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and helped lead the efforts that saved the California coastal redwoods.

He traveled the world as an advocate for trees and to share his plan for reclaiming the Sahara Desert through tree planting.

He died at age 92 while on a global tour to promote environmental awareness.

As a followup, the August Spiritual Book Club event will explore the 21st century response to the relationship of ethics and action, through the book, “Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril,” a compilation of essays with a forward by Desmond Tutu.

Attendees who have or have not read the essays are welcome to participate in this study group and discussion.

Both events are free to the public.

Call 530-477-7017 for more information.


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