Zimmerman: San Jose’s timber enhance human well being and get monetary savings

Anyone who has ever read Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree knows that people take the benefits and gifts of the trees around us for granted. We underestimate how they affect our lives and how difficult it is to protect them.

It seems like we are finally learning the importance of trees not only to the health of the planet, but also to the health and wellbeing of people in particular.

The right trees in the right place

The main pledge from the COP 26 climate summit was the pledge by countries representing 85% of the world’s forests to stop or reverse deforestation by 2030. The United States, as well as other large forest countries such as Brazil, Canada, and Indonesia have all signed this agreement. President Joe Biden also pledged that the US would lead by example, announcing that it would spend $ 9 billion on forest conservation and restoration.

That promise, and the money to keep it, is a significant step forward. Individual countries need to get creative in dealing with climate change as an international agreement becomes increasingly unlikely. Forests and trees and are an excellent option.

Woods absorb around a third of the CO2 produced worldwide every year. Deforestation has made a major contribution to climate change.

The battle for California’s trees

California has 33 million hectares of forest, and we are rightly proud to encourage visitors to see places like the Redwoods. We conveniently forget or don’t even know that since the 1850s, 95% of the California original old sequoia forests were logged.

California can use its forests in two ways. Reforestation is an option, although it can be full of difficulties such as location problems, water availability and loss of biological diversity. It is much better to focus on protecting the trees and forests that we have and letting those areas expand naturally.

“California’s ancient sequoia trees, the tallest and oldest trees on earth, store more carbon per hectare of forest than any other forest in the world – by far,” said Sam Hodder, CEO of Save the Redwood League. “More than the Amazon rainforest or the coniferous forests of the Pacific Northwest.”

Save the Redwoods League is currently raising funds for the purchase of five miles of undeveloped coastal forest in Mendocino County. the Lost coastal property is a second growth forest between 80 and 100 years and is threatened by accelerated harvest or development. Saving such existing areas and having them expanded and connected to other protected areas is far better, cheaper and requires less maintenance than replanting.

Hodder noted that through accelerated protection and good management in collaboration with tribes, local communities and public institutions, the sequoia landscape can become old again and be a vital part of the fight against climate change.

San Jose trees

Trees in our communities are just as important to human health as large areas of forest hours away. The sheer visibility of green spaces is linked to improved mental health, less stress, and better work and school performance. Put simply, humans need nature, such as trees, in order to thrive.

San Jose’s revised design Community forest management plan cites research that even found that tree-lined streets contribute to healthier lifestyles. Unexpectedly, there are also fewer car accidents. There is even evidence that well-managed vegetation deter crime.

Money doesn’t grow on trees, but trees are rare commodities that become more valuable with age. In fact, every street tree brings nearly six dollars in utility for every dollar invested.

San Joses 2007 Green vision plan had the goal of planting 100,000 trees. Until 2014, the city planted forest in collaboration with Our City 12,289 trees in total which sequestered approximately 479.3 MT CO2 equivalent. The city’s goal was to have all trees planted by 2022; however, an apparent lack of resources has resulted in only 15,000-20,000 trees being planted to date.

Unfortunately, the management plan has also been found The canopy cover of San Jose has fallen nearly 2%, which equates to an area of ​​about 2.7 miles. The main findings of the document are instructive. First and foremost, the city needs to act quickly to meet the trend towards decreasing roofing. The biggest obstacle to this, besides the broken cooperation between the parties involved, is the ubiquitous money problem. The means for planting and cultivating trees are far below requirements.

Maybe we haven’t learned anything from “The Giving Tree” after all.

San José Spotlight columnist Erin Zimmerman is a Climate Reality Director for the Silicon Valley Chapter of the Climate Reality Project. Erin, a longtime environmental and political activist, holds a PhD in political science. Your column appears every third Wednesday of the month. Contact Erin at [email protected].

U.S. broadcasts diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics over human rights abuses

The US announced a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing on Monday, a move that had received non-partisan support from critics of China’s human rights record.

While US athletes will continue to compete, President Joe Biden’s administration will not send an official representation to the Games in China amid “the ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang and other human rights abuses”, White House press secretary Jen said Psaki, told reporters.

Psaki was referring to China’s reported treatment of Uighur Muslims in this northwest area, known as genocide from both Biden and former President Donald Trump’s administration.

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“The Team USA athletes have our full support. We will be 100 percent behind them if we cheer them on from home. We will not be contributing to the fanfare of the Games,” said Psaki.

“The US diplomatic or official mission would be faced with these games [People’s Republic of China’s] egregious human rights violations and atrocities in Xinjiang, and we just can’t do that, “she said.

“We will continue to take action to advance human rights in China and beyond,” she said.

The expected move was preventively criticized on Monday by the spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Zhao Lijian. “It is a travesty of the Olympic spirit, it is a political provocation and an insult to the 1.4 billion Chinese,” he said, according to a translation of his remarks.

“If the US insists on going the wrong way, China will take necessary and decisive countermeasures,” said Zhao.

The Chinese government under President Xi Jinping has been condemned by dozens of countries for its actions in Xinjiang and its crackdown on pro-democratic protesters in Hong Kong in 2019 and 2020.

More recently, Beijing has come under fire after having disappeared for weeks Tennis star Peng Shuaiwho disappeared after publicly accusing a former Chinese Communist Party senior official of sexual assault.

The women’s tennis association announced last week it will suspend tournaments in China immediately due to concerns about the treatment and safety of Peng and other players.

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Pop-up retailer in central Fresno elevating cash for human trafficking survivors

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) – A pop-up store is open in downtown Fresno this weekend.

The find is located in the Manchester Center on Shields and Blackstone.

Everything in the store has been donated by McCaffery Homes so that the organization behind the store can raise money for a cause they care about.

All proceeds from this weekend will go directly to a workforce re-entry program that aims to get trafficked survivors back on their feet in the Central Valley.

“The find is the absolute heartbeat of what community is,” says Andrea Shabaglian. “Here we have a generous organization and company, McCaffery Homes donating to the organization.”

If you missed Saturday and want to try The Find, don’t worry.

The shop reopens for four hours on Sundays from 1pm to 5pm.

The organizers also say they will have a more permanent location in the coming weeks.

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Human Condiiton: Being a mother is the world’s hardest job | Leisure/Life

Recently Pam, my wife of 40, the mother of our two children, and I were talking about our mothers. We remembered that their time as mothers was different and similar to the life of mothers today.

Before our mothers became mothers, they had to endure great difficulties. Our mothers grew up as small children during the Great Depression.

Pam’s mother grew up on a farm in the country where she and her siblings worked on the farm and went to school.

Although my mother was of French descent, she grew up in the Irish Channel from New Orleans without a father.

As young adults, they watched their brothers, cousins, and friends go into battle during World War II. Most came home; Some didn’t.

After World War II, husbands, both veterans of the war, met and became mothers. Vivian, my mother, had three children. Helen, Pam’s mother, had two.

We laughed as we thought about how they had to hang them on a clothesline to dry after washing their clothes. And if that wasn’t bad enough, most of them had to be starched and ironed after the clothes were dried.

I remember my mother dropping a blue bar of Argo starch into a pan of boiling water to dissolve it, then straining out the undissolved lumps of starch in a sheet of cheesecloth. Then she ironed everything – shirts, pants, sheets, pillow cases – everything but our underwear. It’s good she didn’t iron our underwear, because if the memory serves me properly, starched clothes were rough and scratchy.

Our mothers cooked dinner from scratch every day. Pam’s family grew their own vegetables so they always had fresh vegetables for dinner. We got our fresh vegetables from Schwegmann’s. Fast food was virtually unknown and nothing our families could afford anyway. Dinner delivered to your door? Are you kidding me?

In our minds, our mothers could do anything.

They could fix any broken toy (even without tape), make a skinned knee feel better, and make the medicine taste sweeter. You were magical.

Some things may be different for mothers today, but it is by no means easier.

It’s just as stressful for a mother today to comfort a sick child when they have a high fever, just as difficult to find the right words if they made fun of themselves in school, and just as difficult to discipline them when they did have it are disobedient.

And it’s just as hard not to cry when they hurt your feelings as a teenager.

I think the following is appropriate: “Any woman can be a mother, but it takes a special woman to be a mother.”

Being a mother is the toughest job in the world and that’s why today I say to all mothers: Happy Mother’s Day and thank you for being a wonderful mother.

– Papia lives in Metairie

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Poker Run to boost cash for Middle for Human Companies

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Posted on 4/24/21

The third annual Poker Run will take place on May 1st to raise funds for the Center for Human Services.

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Oxford to launch human problem trial to check immune response

Caroline Nicolls will receive an injection of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine administered by Nurse Amy Nash at Madejski Stadium in Reading, west of London, on April 13, 2021.

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LONDON – Oxford University researchers announced the start of a Human Challenge study on Monday to better understand what happens when people who have already contracted the coronavirus become infected for the second time.

The researchers will investigate what kind of immune response can prevent people from becoming infected with Covid-19 again and examine how the immune system reacts to the virus a second time.

Little is currently known about what happens to people who had the virus the second time they were infected.

The experiment is carried out in two phases with different participants in each phase. The first phase is slated to begin this month and the second phase is slated to begin in summer.

In medical research, Human Challenge studies are controlled studies in which participants are intentionally exposed to a pathogen or beetle to study the effects.

“Challenge studies tell us things that other studies cannot because, unlike natural infections, they are tightly controlled,” said Helen McShane, chief investigator for the study and professor of vaccinology in the Department of Pediatrics at Oxford University.

“If we re-infect these participants, we will know exactly how their immune systems responded to the first COVID infection, when exactly the second infection occurs, and how much virus they have,” said McShane.

It is hoped that the study will help improve scientists’ basic understanding of the virus and develop tests that can reliably predict whether people will be protected.

What happens in each phase?

In the first phase, up to 64 volunteers between the ages of 18 and 30 who were previously infected naturally will be re-exposed to the virus under controlled conditions.

Researchers will oversee attendees’ care while they perform CT scans of the lungs and MRI scans of the heart while isolating in a specially designed suite for at least 17 days.

All participants must be fit, healthy and have fully recovered from their initial infection with Covid to minimize the risk.

Study participants will only be released from the quarantine unit if they are no longer infected and there is a risk of the disease spreading.

A view of the City of London on a clear day.

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In the second phase of the experiment, two different areas are examined.

“First we will very carefully define the basic immune response of the volunteers before we infect them. We will then infect them with the dose of virus selected from the first study and measure how much virus we can detect after infection. We will then.” to be able to understand what kind of immune responses protect against re-infection, “said McShane.

“Second, we will measure the immune response several times after infection so we can understand what immune response is being generated by the virus,” she added.

The entire study period is 12 months, including at least eight follow-up appointments after discharge.

“This study has the potential to change our understanding by providing high-quality data on how our immune systems react to a second infection with this virus,” said Shobana Balasingam, senior research advisor on vaccines at Wellcome, a nonprofit that funded the study.

“The results could have important implications for the future management of COVID-19, influencing not only vaccine development but research into the range of effective treatments that are also badly needed,” Balasingam said.