Media release by Peter Andrews OAM, 15 December 2018
The simple facts that explain why Australia can be a world leader in regeneration of climate and landscape function are as follows:
Ancient and current state of Australian landscape processes and functions
The ancient Australian landscape was automatically powered by sunlight, gravity and some capillary action. It has been extensively demonstrated that recognising the skeleton of the landscape could take us back to that ancient condition. This would support all forms of agriculture at minimum cost, because this previous process was automatic.
The plants of ancient Australia evolved a sedimentary pattern that prevented erosion and allowed an unlimited maximum of flooding waters in the evolution of the sediments, which recharged massive underground water systems. This allowed plants to work at 100% efficiency.
We should be aware that the initial professional opinions that first observed this land declared that there would be an inland sea - and there is! It is in the ground. Our great inland sea is actually the Artesian Basin, along with its many superficial water bodies.
94% of our land had wetlands that could manage the same thermal energies as a rainforest. Water bodies feed plants to allow them to function at their highest level of efficiency, therefore having ability to manage climate and thermal extremes.
Today, 94% of our wetlands have been drained, with close to 80% loss of previous water volume. They no longer function as they once did, and less than 3% of our rainforests remain.
All landscapes age!
Australia being the oldest landscape on Earth had used plants to slow down the ageing process, so it was able to rebirth itself to become many times older than many other parts of the world.
The ancient Australian landscape functions and processes were infallible. They had the adaptive mechanisms available to allow incredible megafauna to thrive. These same processes also evolved the singing birds, the flowering plants, two thirds of the fish species and created the capacity for the human body to achieve its current complexity. All of these components are related.
Australia is the comeback king of desertification with the real potential of reinstating deserts back to productive tracts of land.
We need to understand plants by their function, because there are many new impositions now that are impacting the natural plants on this continent.
Furthermore, the way the Australian landscape managed its fertility and climate was most cost effective as it operated on nothing but energies from the sun and gravity.
The points above, when understood and applied, can truly transform all current agricultural applications.
The blueprint of the old Australian landscape is the greatest opportunity ever. Australia’s land managers absolutely can lead the world in climate recovery. We have no more time to procrastinate!
Peter Andrews OAM