It appears the Murray Darling Basin is in strife and if we don’t take efforts to assist - to stop the constant emptying, restricting, and polluting of the water flow – families, farms, rural and indigenous communities and yes, the environment will suffer beyond what is imaginable.
Once upon a time, communities in the proximity of the Murray Darling Basin all shared water resources with nature. Both sides found time to thrive and prolificate. There was no childish behaviour or squabbling over its use. What nature provided so comfortably was treasured, respected in times of proliferation and scarcity. It was a bond, a silent agreement with nature to respect and savour such an easily fleeting resource - for the sake of all - for the sake of survival.
Not human, animal or the environment was better or more deserving of the life-giving substance; the Murray Darling Basin provided for all.
Mother nature does not dictate the waters allocation or destroy its purity – only mankind takes this upon himself to upset the flow and equilibrium that is so precariously balanced; any interference in this process has disastrous consequences. And yes, all reliant on this balance, are now paying the price for this Godly judgement.
Large Corporations and Government bodies now side together - call the shots – service each other’s pockets - become judge and jury over the Basin’s very existence. They too, have sealed its fate.
Scores of wildlife have left the area or died; the environment is no longer a breeding ground for lush vegetation; farming communities have more than halved; farmers have up and walked off their land; job losses are at a record high and the next generation of youngsters will never see the Basin as it was – pristine, uncompromised and life giving.
Sharing is what nature does best, a trait mankind could adopt to ensure its survival, too. Mankind is a passing visitor to this planet, a spectator if you like, but none the less its survival is fleeting - just like the rest of its inhabitants. Yet, nature must be preserved, maintained, and restored so it is here for the next generations. It is not a matter of enjoyment. It is a matter of priority - equally as needed, precious and pressing as maintenance of the Great Barrier Reef – an eco-system built on and totally reliant on preserving nature’s delicate balance.
Mankind should not even have to question this process, but it does. It judges. It decides. It destroys for the sake of monetary gain. Where will it end?
No longer can we be bystanders in the process of natures’ abuse. It is time mankind worked together for the common cause – survival for all.
It takes just one to make a difference in the world. :)
Learn more about the plight of the Murray Darling Basin, below.