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Reality in the rain forest.

A very tense day just past with fires breaking out all around the valley. With no mobile phone coverage here therefore no direct alerts, I was woken by loud shouting and vehicle movement on a neighbouring property at 3 am.

Then I saw a tree light up like a roman candle on the cliffs to my north. Then the phone started ringing with neighbours deciding what to do, leave or stay.

I got into action, filling containers and buckets with water. Sweeping up dried leaves and packing a bag with water, food and the essentials.

The Rural Fire Brigade arrived at 11. They inspected the 3 water tanks for their outlets, luckily the tanks are fill. Marked my neighbour ( Joe) and my frontage so other firies know we are staying to defend as long as possible.

My escape route is to Chris’s large flat open space where we have agreed to meet if the time arrives to abandon our homes.

A huge thank you to Chris Carson, NP worker, who is my next neighbour and keeps me informed of the fire’s progress.

Tuesday is going to be the next high danger alert day which extends from the Queensland to Victoria.

Who ever thought 20 years ago when our valley regularly got 2 and a half metres of rain annually to see now less than half that rain. To watch the forest dry out and to have to endure the politicians who still deny climate change as a reality.

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Charles Massy.

Winner of the Scholarly Nonfiction Book of the Year 2019 at the EPAA

Is it too late to regenerate the earth? Call of the Reed Warbler shows the way forward for the future of our food supply, our Australian landscape and our planet.

This ground-breaking book will change the way we think of, farm and grow food. Author and radical farmer Charles Massy explores transformative and regenerative agriculture and the vital connection between our soil and our health. It is a story of how a grassroots revolution – a true underground insurgency – can save the planet, help turn climate change around, and build healthy people and healthy communities, pivoting significantly on our relationship with growing and consuming food.

Using his personal experience as a touchstone – from an unknowing, chemical-using farmer with dead soils to a radical ecologist farmer carefully regenerating a 2000-hectare property to a state of natural health – Massy tells the real story behind industrial agriculture and the global profit-obsessed corporations driving it. He shows – through evocative stories – how innovative farmers are finding a new way and interweaves his own local landscape, its seasons and biological richness.

At stake is not only a revolution in human health and our communities but the very survival of the planet. For farmer, backyard gardener, food buyer, health worker, policy maker and public leader alike, Call of the Reed Warbler offers a tangible path forward for the future of our food supply, our Australian landscape and our earth. It comprises a powerful and moving paean of hope.

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7 mls of rain.

Drought continues following a light sprinkle.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2019-11-03/bottled-water-wars-in-rural-australia/11666438

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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/nov/01/birds-are-liberation-that-never-ends-but-enjoying-their-company-is-also-to-know-an-inconsolable-sadness

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Another country bans glyphosate.

Thailand’s government has this week agreed to ban the use of glyphosate

Thailand’s government has this week agreed to ban the use of glyphosate and two other farming chemicals (paraquat and chlorpyrifos) due to their dangers to human health. 

The ban takes effect from 1 December 2019. There was strong opposition from Thailand’s agriculture minister, however, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul, said he would resign if the

https://www.change.org/p/greg-hunt-mp-restrict-the-use-of-glyphosate-in-public-spaces-in-australia/u/25240192?cs_tk=AuMI3w60AWuJNpv3tF0AAXicyyvNyQEABF8BvO_R58HZ9F7p_sKZ6GRmpfI%3D&utm_campaign=1814fe158b4e4fd797e245b328b21d8e&utm_medium=email&utm_source=petition_update&utm_term=cs

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Wow.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-17/green-walls-in-china-and-africa-keeping-deserts-at-bay/11602796

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Why isn’t carp on the menu?

Australia Says No Koi Herpes Virus
Micheal Graham started this petition to The Australian Senate, Shooters Fishers Farmers Party, Greens, The Australian Government, The national Party, the liberal party, The Labor Party, One Nation Party and it now has 3,339 signatures
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This Petition is to stop the proposed release of the Koi Herpes Virus into Australian Waters. While we support reduction and control through other environmentally friendly options the release of this virus needs to be stopped. This virus is a Globally Notifiable disease and is found in 33 countries. These countries are fighting to combat the virus and remove it from their waters. No country has EVER deliberately released this virus. The NCCP & CSIRO claim this virus does not impact non-target species yet tests carried out by the CSIRO show unexplained moralities in all test subjects with as little as 40% impact on adult Carp. The dead and decaying fish will destroy our water quality and therefore native fish species. This virus is just over 20 years old and we have no clue how quick it will mutate, there are already over 100 strains of this virus. Carp is the worlds most eaten freshwater fish species and can be commercially harvested and exported in an attempt to reduce troublesome populations. Carp are NOT a problem in many of our waterways. Carp are one of the worlds most targeted sports fishing species with a multi billion dollar industry globally.  #NoKoiHerpesVirus
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