Where there is water (II)


Peter Breen




Mixed media

How does one see drought in the climate crisis? For farming communities with or without a vision for long term sustainability and soil health renewal, drought is part of the cycle of life in Australia. For visionaries who are forging new – but old – practices, drought is expected to arrive off and on for those with a strategic 100 year regeneration plan. For famers who are seeing and passionate about a much better future for life on earth, inheriting the loss of native vegetation, stacked biodiversity and soil degradation within the broader climate change catastrophe is a massive challenge to turn around. There are economic, social and mental health impacts.

The past 100 years of broad scale farming practices, ongoing fossil fuel dependency, dismissal of first nation land care practices and total indifference to the spiritual interconnectedness of all of life has led to new and escalating intense cycles of drought, fire and flood. The climate change/global warming catastrophe that is of pandemic proportions will indeed include drought while rain clouds “the size of a man’s hand” will still bring joy to lighten routines, second guessing and struggle.

Stark fire scarred tree scapes have their own terrible beauty while the promise of rain in new weather cycles are music to the ears of those who know they will not live out the next 100 years. Their evolving visionary determination is becoming legend and their dream is that if they were to return in 100 years’ time they would see a verdant ecological and environmental fruitful vibrancy that signalled their vision, evolving strategies and love for the land was inspired by an unstoppable life that is far wiser and more powerful than that which was killing it. It is only now that the pain is becoming more and more unbearable while the new days are yet to dawn.