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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Water, Anger, Outcry, Food


In our world today one billion people do not have access to clean, safe drinking water and are subject to preventable disease and even death.

Access to clean water is not just a human rights issue, it’s an environmental issue and a sustainability issue that affects us all.

In Australia a land of drought and flood water is something of strong concern and particularly at present.

Debate is currently hot over the water allocation rights to be granted in the Murray Darling Water Plan.

The Murray Darling River System is seen as Australia's food bowl, but overuse of water in this system has resulted in a dying river.

The solutions being put forward however are being met by anger and outcry from people whose livelihoods are dependent on access to this water.

What happens in The Murray Darling will be a `world first' and the beginning of big changes in water and land usage in this climate fragile land.

Varsity Lakes Community Garden where I am a member is finding its own sustainable solutions to food production and climate extremes.

Below you can see the bridge over the swale at the entrance to the garden. It looks safe but heavy rains quickly bring water to this small creek. Several times already others and myself, have had to hurry from the garden as heavy rain swirled threateningly around the; bridge.


And below the garden prepares for the heat and drought that are the other extreme of this climate.

We have two rainwater tanks, one beside the garden shed.



And one in the middle of the garden.



Water is used from these tanks to water gardens.

We also have access to the local water supply at the garden and can use this in conjunction with local water restrictions which are currently no watering on Mondays, and other days only before ten and after four.

We all work together to conserve water and summer heat is softened by the use of mulch and shade.

As you can see by the abundance of organic green vegetables the photos our adaptations are currently working although growing vegetables during a hot, dry summer does require ingenuity and persistence.

6 comments:

crunchy mom said...

It must be so challenging to prepare for all climate swings! Here in Seattle we just prepare for rain and slugs. Thanks for linking up to Simple Life Thursdays!
xo, Sustainable Eats

EG Wow said...

What Australians MUST do to conserve water is what the water-rich nations (like Canada) SHOULD do. You are the teachers, we are the learners. My regional government is taking water conservation seriously, I'm glad to say.

Rambling Woods said...

I agree with EG..we in the US waste so much water..I am so embarrassed by it...Michelle

Crafty Green Poet said...

it looks like a wonderful garden and it's so vital to conserve water. We all take it too much for granted

Kat from California said...

I'm in Southern California and know all about droughts. We only water a few times a week and it's real early in the AM.

I saw that you had planted trees to protect your garden. I have tons of trees in my garden and have the opposite problem. If was going to create a Vegetable garden, how much sun does it need? There are a few spots that get more sun. Also, what do you recommend to keep out squirrels.

When you say Gold Coast, do you mean Ventura area or Central CA? or else where? I'm in the SF valley.

Thanks, Katharine

I came here from HOH and I'm your new follower. :)

headdesigner said...

Water and how it is managed should be a concern for all of us. There has been a lot of heated discussion about the impact of the buy-back scheme on Murray-Darling system and the communities. In conjunction with the current round of consultations there should additional consultation on change management, focusing on what crops can grow successfully in an environment with less water. Growing water dependent crops such as cotton and rice in dough prone areas cannot be sustainable long term.
I feel for these communities who have survived one of the longest droughts in history and now have an uncertain future ahead of them. I only hope both federal and state governments assist them in the transition to a new and sustainable crop and water management plan.