Recently you would have seen the terrible catastrophe that wild bushfires have caused across the south eastern parts of Australia, with 200 people killed, thousands now homeless, and whole communities shattered and destroyed. Now the blame game has started so we can identify how we could have let this happen, and then, how we ensure it doesn't happen again.
From time to time we get to 'share' the efforts of our labour with alot of them - birds eating seed and fruit, wallabies and hares eating grasses and vegetables, and these guys, flying foxes, eating fruit from the plum and peach trees.
ABC refused to air the Al Gore 'Repower America' advert (so much for freedom of speech!) and we've chosen to commence taking our produce to families and homes in Sydney! And I spent a week or so 'under canvas' in the World Heritage listed Werrikimbe National Park, walking through some awesome cool temperate Antarctic Beech rainforests. Very inspiring and humbling stuff.
Endemic to Australia, platypus, along with the four species of the related echidna (Zaglossus sp.), are one of the five existing species of monotremes, who are mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth to live young. Consider the surprise that white explorers found themselves in when they first came upon these bizarre creatures - an egg-laying, venomous, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed mammal.
The planet is not a gift from our parents, rather a loan from our children
The plants that we are propagating will be used around 'Near River' and provide the shelter belts and boundary plantings that we need for protection for our crops and livestock. In addition, over time, we will regenerate and replant the watercourses that adjoin and run through the property. We have started small, and have chosen a variety of species that are providing encouraging results.
This event has been running for over 10 years now, and Planet Ark is the coordinating body. There is a special website with lots of information including a full list with Google Map of sites where activities are taking place. Amazingly it's called National Tree Day.
Landholders the world over, in particular farmers, have a huge responsibility to society as a whole, and in turn society owes those farmers and landholders a debt of gratitude. By default, we are charged with caring for this land; working with it to produce food for all, and at the same time, improving it so that future generations can do the same, all the while minimising our impact on the surrounding environment so that the native flora and fauna can continue to flourish.