I’ve spent a lovely but hot and humid summer break in our post-bushfire -both local and political- landscape on holiday from my Tafe studies but not from reading, watching, learning, making… being incredibly grateful, and inspired.
As I hope to do from time-to-time I’m sharing below a few things I’ve enjoyed and snippets I posted via Instagram and Facebook over the past month.
Shared on Facebook
and the sea rises
when the forests are burnt
and only the scrappiest of trees
remain like whiskers
on a witches chin
when the air is choked
smoked and carbon loaded
when the creatures
are all expiring one by one
two by two like Noah’s arc
in reverse when the sea rises
we will adapt or not
we will drown or not
and the sea will not mind
either way if we learn
our lesson too late
Read the rest at: when the sea rises
Some very reason-able do-able actions against climate change… right here.
“Let’s lay the cards on the table. Climate change is not only real, but is making its presence felt in catastrophic ways more often. There’s little doubt that climate change is anthropogenic: 98% of world climate scientists agree that this is the case. There are ample papers and graphs which demonstrate this well and I don’t need to add the links here. The debate was over long ago. Once you agree with the science and accept this premise, it’s time to move down the path of action.”
Read the rest at: When Anger Drive Resolution. An Australian Call to Action ~ almostitalian.blog
What could’ve, should’ve been… and what may still be if we make better choices.
“The lies of the deniers have to be rejected. This is a time for truth telling, not obfuscation and gaslighting,” former Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull writes for Guardian Australia today.
“How much of our country has to burn, how many lives have to be lost, homes destroyed before we resolve as a nation to act on climate change?
Our priority this decade should be our own green new deal in which we generate, as soon as possible, all of our electricity from zero emission sources.
There are simply no more excuses. We cannot allow political prejudice and vested interests to hold us up any longer.
The lies of the deniers have to be rejected. This is a time for truth telling, not obfuscation and gaslighting. Climate change is real. … And our response must be real too – a resilient, competitive, net zero emission economy – as we work to make our nation, and our planet, safe for our children and grandchildren.”
Read the rest at: Scott Morrison can’t afford to waste the bushfire crisis when australia urgently needs its own green new deal ~ Malcom Turnbull, theguardian.com
A labour of love and sorrow, written with a steadiness that is much needed right now…
“To what extent we have contributed to climate change is still in question. What isn’t in question is that the environment is very different than it has been in living and recorded history. We have been warned over and over about erratic weather patterns, violent storms, fires and floods. We have not responded effectively. If this isn’t a wakeup call, I don’t want to see what it will take to create one. At the very least, the way we live is not a sustainable and loving way to treat our planet. This week I have learned that 2019 was the hottest and driest in Australia since records started, in 1900. Our beautiful country was uniquely adapted to its normally dry conditions, but this is beyond…”
Read the rest at: that which breaks us… ~ ardysez.com
Jackie French’s call to action.
“…DO NOT FORGET. Because those who make vast sums of money from businesses that, as a side effect, destroy our planet, put vast sums into PR or political campaigns so that laws are never made to hinder their actions. The politicians who denied climate change, the need for disaster planning and firefighting equipment, and who cut fire budgets by 30-40 per cent this year alone – despite warnings from their own experts that we faced catastrophes this year – will use political spin … let’s just call it lying … to try to make you forget before the next election…”
Read the rest at: SMH free-to-read bushfire article
Wise words from Rhonda Jean at Down to Earth…
“How can I start to live a simple life?” Well, that’s easy – stop shopping for things you don’t need. Of course, you could also take it one step at a time and start budgeting, menu planning, cooking from scratch, batch cooking, and making your own soap and household cleaners. You could mend your clothes, plant a vegetable garden and keep chickens. You need to keep up to date with your world, I do that via crikey.com, The Guardian and by maintaining a thoughtful connection with my online tribe; and you could lobby your local MP to find out their view of climate change and what they’re doing about it. But if you want to start living more sustainably in a way that will help you save money, pay off debt, cut down on paid work or retire early, don’t go shopping for “stuff”. You don’t have to prepare in any way, you don’t have to research it, you don’t need any special information or skill. You just stop. And you can do that right now. Today.”
Read the rest at: If you want to lead a simpler life – identify your needs
“…a shift in national consciousness did occur, but powerful interests (and the politicians beholden to these interests) stopped growth and transformation. Stasis and misery followed… We have to seize it and change our thinking, our priorities and our politics. In doing so we can change our country, our future, and transform ourselves into global leaders on climate change.
These fires without precedent have the potential to profoundly shift the national consciousness. This summer could shake us awake – if we let it.
But if we don’t do it now, while things are raw and real, we never will.
The alternative is bleak: another lost year, another lost decade…”
Read the rest at: This apocalyptic Australian summer is our Sandy Hook moment – if we don’t take climate action now we never will ~ Brigid Delaney, theguardian.com
Listening to new music via Spotify
Alison Krauss and Union Station
and Spotify radio mixes of new & old stuff… Bon Scott, Rolling Stones, Joni Mitchell, Bob Seger, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, JJ Cale, Creedence, Johnny Cash…
Loving Spotify’s 3 month premium free trial offer and student discount.
From Here, You Can’t See Paris: Seasons of a French Village and Its Restaurant – a free find at a neighbourhood street library. An account of the author’s year in a rural French village including in the middle a lot more than I ever wanted to know about truffles, and a parable of rural villages everywhere fighting to keep relevant and populated.
Organic Gardener Essential Guides – Permaculture Made Easy and Inspirational Gardens digital versions.
Pip (Australian Permaculture) Magazine and email newsletter and Organic Gardener magazine and email newsletter …online magazines accessed free via RBdigital app and library membership.
The Permaculture Home Garden, Linda Woodrow.
Dark Emu, Bruce Pascoe.
Happen Films – Stories for a Changing World. Free documentaries about permaculture, tiny houses, simple living… “solutions-focused documentaries that explore how we can build resilient communities and landscapes in the face of global challenges. We share the stories of inspirational people creating a more beautiful world.”
The True History of the Kelly Gang on Stan via Telstra TV’s 3 month free trial.
2040 – Read a review, and more on the 2040 website.
Kanopy documentaries and films accessed free via library or university membership.
I’ve been keeping a rainfall record as part of my permaculture studies at Tafe NSW National Enviroment Centre.
15 January 2020 – 2.6 mm overnight. Surface infiltration.
16 January 2020 – 36 mm thunderstorm followed by rain overnight. Runoff during downpour at start followed by ground infiltration.
17 January 2020 – 25 mm over 24 hours. Ground infiltration.
18 January 2020 – 60 mm over 24 hours. Ground infiltration and waterlogging.
20 January 2020 – 1.7 mm over 24 hours. Surface infiltration.
24 January 2020 – 1.1 mm light rain off periphery of thunderstorm. Surface infiltration.
27 January 2020 – 1 mm light rain off periphery of thunderstorm. Surface infiltration.
Useful follow-up precipitation to the 32 mm we received Christmas Eve through to Boxing Day.
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I’ll start back at my Tafe studies soon enough and day-to-day life will get busier. Until my next post, I think this is enough for you to go on with…
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Between now and July 2020 I’m studying Certificate IV Permaculture via Tafe NSW and the National Environment Centre flexible online learning. Studying online, I discovered, involves a lot of writing. This year of study, I think, might lend itself to some blog posts… follow along if you are interested in learning what I learn during my permaculture journey.