A comment I wrote a year ago.

 

This comment I wrote in the Guardian a year ago was posted back to me today, with compliments, by a Green group in the USA.

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Caring for our wild-life and nature is beyond most Australians. Our cities sprawl, our houses are too big, modern media is full of ads urging us to buy more rubbish or renovate every couple of years. Our cooking shows are all about imported and local produce which all seem to be about gluttony.

Most people who do want to do something think applying a poison to an ‘invasive’ species on our flora is the cure.

Few have bothered to look at how many birds ect have adapted to our changing environment which gathered pace as soon as Europeans set foot on this land.

We work methodically here with a brush hook and machete slashing and mulching lantana. Slowly, because we witness what we see and gradually so adaptation for the creature who uses the so called invasive can relocate. Getting the right worker is the problem. Physical activity is more likely to be watched on a screen or played out in a gym.

I see how our efforts here over 20 years have brought more birds, more wallabies, more snakes, lizards ect to occupy this end of the valley.

When the introduced Coral trees were poisoned down our valleys I watch many more honey eaters, lorikeets flock into my remaining Coral trees for the winter flowering.

Now the camphor is being targeted with glyphosate poisoning despite the camphor now being a major source of food and habitat for many birds, butterflies and insects. Video footage of koalas feasting on the camphor leaves proves adaptation means survival.

Short sighedness, easy short term feel good approaches and funds, which favour herbicide use, is a major contributor to our environments rapid decline.

I recommend Fred Pearce’s THE NEW WILD where he documents the niches and evolution introduced plants are playing in the niches human activity has provided.

And it can be done as we witness here but it will depend on real on the ground physical labour as it was done when the first red cedar worker came and removed all the hard wood a century ago.

 

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