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January 4th 2011
Thinking about the floods

In a short but passionate letter to Magnetic Times, World Ocean Day organiser, Barbarra Gibbs, raises some hard to ignore issues about how we could be dealing with the Queensland floods and their aftermath.

Barbara writes:

I feel the least that can be done for the distressed flood victims, is for the owners of the vacant holiday units on the island and maybe even locals who have a spare bed, to offer these poor persons a place to stay until it is possible for them to actually be able to live in their homes again. We are so damned lucky and can only receive good karma for assisting these victims of mother nature.

Get your backyard gardens into place people...it will be our only salvation from extreme vegie and fruit prices after this destruction of all farming including seafood and beef, dairy etc.

This is the big change that has been due us for a long time to prompt us into being more self-sufficient and more respectful of mother nature. (Abridged Ed)

Barbara Gibbs


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Kylie Harwood
January 4th 2011
Well said Barbara! We are blessed beyond words and what a practical and caring way of giving to someone less fortunate.
 
Andrew Kerans
January 4th 2011
Barbara

The idea of housing is an excellent one. Unfortunately I only own vacant land.

I am not a climate change skeptic, however I beg to differ on "This is the big change that has been due us for a long time to prompt us into being more self-sufficient and more respectful of mother nature".

This is La Nina. From the BoM site: "The term La Niņa refers to the extensive cooling of the central and eastern Pacific Ocean. In Australia (particularly eastern Australia), La Niņa events are associated with increased probability of wetter conditions"

In fact from 1970 - 2009 the area in question has suffered a decrease in average rainfall of over 50 mm per year!!

So really all we are seeing is the second verse from Dorothy MacKellar in 1906

I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of drought and flooding rains

Andrew (info source url deleted due to technical limitations of website Ed)


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