Anzac Day calls us to remember that our forebears fought, and many died, for Australia. Since then, Australians have fought other battles. After the last drought, the fires came. The extreme energy fluxes resulted in floods.
Before humans came, this continent was managed by plants. They deployed ecological strategies that virtually eliminated the chance of fire, flood and drought. Remnants of these processes can still be seen in our landscapes. The ways they work can be understood if we apply counterintuitive thinking, because they are largely opposite to how we manage our land today. We have created drainage systems instead of self-sustaining filtering cycles.
We have discovered the underlying science and demonstrated its application to create well functioning landscapes.
Now is the time to spread this knowledge across our land.
Remembering the past should lead us to act for the future.
Peter Andrews OAM
Author of Back From The Brink 2006 & Beyond The Brink 2008