Since The Secret movie came out people are going Law of Attraction crazy here in Boulder (me I am helping to fuel the flame by making laminates to sell in the store because some are getting it all wrong)...I told a guy about Oz and the drought, and he thinks that the Aussies can make it rain by using their minds like the American Indians did...clear example of infantile oceanic uroboric grandiose inflationary syndrome. I mean to say, sometimes I would like to scream, and if I did I would scream FREECKING IDIOT!
Anyway here is my slightly more sober and less grandiose approach to Oz's burningup problem:
RESPONDING TO DROUGHT
Hearing about Australia’s ongoing and increasing drought (letter from Mike in Oz lower in this post) I thought I would throw some ideas together than might help. The goats of course are a nono, you have got to get rid of the goats.
If the latitude of the rainfall band has shifted north toward the equator with Global Warming there is not much we can do about that. However there is a lot that can be done on a more local scale. Primarily to encourage more rainfall, to conserve the rain that does occur and to prevent the erosion of soil. Permaculture has most of the answers: To plant the marine hills with indigenous trees to draw rain in from the ocean. To furrow and ledge hillsides to help water seep into the land and prevent runoff. Planting of valley hillsides and catchment areas to prevent soil being washed into rivers, and using jute-mesh and ground cover plants to the same effect.
Several arid plants might be advantageous for Australia to grow in order to stop increasing desertification and to provide income for farmers. These include:
NEEM: Neem or Margosa is a botanical cousin of mahogany. Neem is a fast growing tree that can reach a height of 15-20 m and is used for everything from cancer and malaria to insecticide and which all parts of the plant can be turned into profit. Neem also helps stop desertification.
JOJOBA: Jojoba "oil" is a natural mimic of the oil secreted by human skin; it is not subject to oxidizing and in fact is an anti-oxidant and will never become rancid. Today, 40000 acres of jojoba are under cultivation in the southwestern U.S. The seed-oil has been used in lubricants, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and as a replacement for sperm oil in manufacturing of inks, varnishes, waxes, detergents, resins and plastics.
CHAPARRAL, Larrea divaricata: for a wide range of conditions from asthma, venereal disease, arthritis, rheumatism, tuberculosis, colds, stomach disorders and skin infections, eliminating parasites to cancer, especially melanomas and leukemia. Chaparral is a natural chelator that helps to remove toxins from the liver and pancreas.
YUCCA: The Saponins in Yucca root support structural health due to their influence on joint health, used to treat joint pain caused by arthritis, and to reduce inflammation in the joints, digestive tract cleansing. Poultices or baths were used for skin sores and other diseases as well as for sprains. Reduces urea and ammonia in farm animals.
Wolf Berry-Lycium berlandieri is another drought tolerant species that could be commercially grown. And olive trees could be grown as olive leaf is invaluable for neurological disorders and opportunistic infections like candida. Graviola or sour sop is also gaining interest as a cancer cure. Echinacea and Aloe are other medical herbs suitable for arid conditions. Milk Thistle might also be another viable crop— When times get tough and humanity degenerates they actually need to be eating the weeds that grow on exhausted land ie: gorse flowers, thistle seeds, sorrel, http://www.weeds.org.au/
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FROM MIKE IN BLUE MOUNTAINS, AUSTRALIA
From Mike in Oz:
just got back from the outback.
North-western New South Wales.
Im sorry to tell ya,
The Darling river is dead.
I spat across it at one point, a big throaty
My grandmother saw paddle steams at Wilcannia, taking wool to Adelaide.
I saw a green puddle
The roos had gone, in years past were mobs
No mobs now , just a few by themselves
I've never bothered to count kangaroo before, there were just so many.
Roo numbers have been replaced by feral goats.
I've never seen so many goats before. Never! And I've been going back for twenty years or more.
Goats cause deserts
On the road the most common thing transported : water-tanks. When will they be useful?, when it rains! But there hasn't been rain for months, years in some places. Id be buying more beer, not water- tanks. The beer can be drunk now at least.
I stood in a dust-storm as it overtook Broken Hill and knew that all the soil in the air meant land stripped bare somewhere, the land impoverished. Goated. Like what happened to Greece and Turkey - too many Goats!
Beside the road are notices for sales : rams are going cheap, mutton prices will fall for a while. Some farmers are turning to GOATS! Actually encouraging the animals as substitutes for sheep.
Again: goats cause desert, they break up the soil with their cloven feet, denude the vegetation and bread like rodents.
The Darling feeds into the Murray River which waters the 5th city of the land.
A dead Darling means half the Murray is dead too, 15% of our agriculture comes from this region.
Dead water dont flow which is perfect for mosquitos. Think Malaria, think Ross River Fever. Avoided swag sleeping anywhere near "water". Then the Flies, flies by day and mozzy by night. I wore a fly net over my hat at all times, but still got to swallow a few flies EVERY day. yum
The land is Goating fast. More than that even: its only just starting. So lets talk more of the goating goats:
The goats are destroying aboriginal cave paintings as they climb high and rub the oils from their fleece into the cave walls. The age of these works is immeasurable.
But the traditional owners have decided after debate amongst the tribes, to not cause further desecration by intervening themselves. The cave paintings will die like the land. Let it pass, a thing of sublime value, too subtle and powerful to bear ignorant intervention by non traditional blacks.
So they watch, these river blacks as the world is destroyed around them. How strong are they that they can act with such dignity at such loss (such with-holding being one with their tradition), while letting go. Knowing they will be stranded forever cut off from the spirit of both tribe and identity, the land not recognising them and they not recognising the land.
it will be our turn soon, unless we do something (about the Goats)
BAN THE GOAT.
Hope for rain
News Article: No limit to drought relief for farmers
October 14, 2006
The federal government will continue providing drought-stricken farmers with financial aid for as long as they need it, Treasurer Peter Costello has pledged.
Mr Costello did not name a figure but said the total bill would "go a lot higher" than the $1.25 billion already spent on drought relief for 53,000 farming families since 2001.
He said it was "a shocking situation" but warned only rain would break the drought.
"The commonwealth government has already provided assistance of $1.25 billion for farmers who are in exceptional circumstances: that's income support, it's interest rate subsidies," he told reporters in Sydney.
"This program will continue to run on as long as there are farmers that need that assistance.
"Obviously it's going to go a lot higher than the current $1.25 billion. We will only know when the drought is finished."
Mr Costello also said he would look at whether people claiming drought assistance had to complete too much paperwork, and whether they were waiting too long to receive payments.
Deputy Prime Minister Mark Vaile on Saturday warned the Nationals federal conference in Canberra it could take Australia five years to recover from the drought.
Mr Costello said he hoped it would not take so long, but urged caution.
"The last drought was in 2002 - that was a one-in-100-years drought. Some farmers have not yet come out of that," he added.
"For them this has already been going three or four years. I hope we do come out of it early.
"But the only thing that breaks a drought is rain, and rain is outside our control."