Monthly Archives: May 2015

To Make a Living We Must Wreck Our Home?

Geoff Davies is a Braidwood local with a passion for the environment and a firm commitment to interrogating and reforming our economic system. Geoff has published several books and writes on his blog ‘Better Nature’. Geoff’s work incorporates ecological, social and ethical realities, which dominant economic discourse ignores to our detriment.

Here Geoff reflects on a recent ‘Australian Story’ program which dealt with the sale of Tarwyn Park to an international coal mining corporation. Tarwyn Park will be familiar to some readers of the Flood Creek Non-Nativist Landcare Group blog as the home of the Andrews family, where Peter Andrews perfected his techniques for farming in accord with the ‘Natural Sequence’ of the Australian landscape.

Better Nature: books and commentary by Geoff Davies

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[Published on Independent Australia 14 May]

I spend a lot of my days trawling the follies of our time. To avoid sinking into the mire of despair I need to keep a firm hold of love and hope and grandchildren. But every now and then something lands too heavily in my heart, and I can only grieve.

Tarwyn Park is the Hunter Valley property where Peter Andrews worked out how to get the water back into the ground, by reconstructing a degraded creek so it flows slowly and the water can soak across the valley. His work is revolutionising the way we live in the Australian landscape, restoring its original productivity and resilience in the face of our challenging climate. We learnt last Monday, May 4th, in the ABC’s Australian Story that Tarwyn Park has been, very reluctantly, sold so it can…

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The Big Picture

The Flood Creek Non-Nativist Landcare Group blog is a collaborative effort. We’re happy to publish your contributions as part of this Landcare Network discussion. See the collaborate-contribute page for a range of topic suggestions or get in touch to discuss your idea.

The following is a generous contribution from Alex Televantos, a young man starting on a journey to save the world. Here, Alex recounts how he set off from his home in Canberra intending distant travel, but became unexpectedly tangled-up with Peter Andrews, finding more than enough inspiration just a short trip from his own front door.



The Big Picture

Hi. My name is Alex Televantos and I am 21 years old. I spent the year of 2014 working and saving, spending very little money and trying to become as aware of current global environmental issues as possible. At the end of the year, I quit my job and since then I have been living on the road, out of a tent, and I have been actively searching for a way to stop humanity’s downward spiral to extinction.

My first step was to leave the city. Born in Canberra, I grew up without a fundamental connection to nature (which I believe is the root of our environmental problems, incidentally), and thus I was deprived of the opportunity (that the vast majority of my ancestors have had) of observing and understanding the interactions of the natural world. If I wanted to get anywhere in terms of preserving and fostering life on Earth, I felt that I first needed to understand it. Continue reading