MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Caring about the environment can be overwhelming, in the context of the scale of the problem compared the slow rate of change in how humans are managing our plant and its precious resources. But just when it seems impossible that the human race will understand in time to act to save the planet, there will be a story about an individual, a group, a community who have banded together to make a difference. Everyone can make a difference, through the choices they make, such as lifestyle, purchases and voting.

A recent experience of this came while working on a project in a developing country in South-East Asia. On a large freshwater lake facing major pollution due to competing users, the problems are nearly overwhelming. However, there are more than 100,000 pairs of hands available from villagers living around the lake who can make big changes if given appropriate information, technical support and minor amounts of funding to help themselves to change hygiene, daily actions, farming and fishing methods, and fuel sources. The key will be finding the right way to provide the right assistance to motivate all those pairs of hands!

Tomato farmers on Inlay Lake harvest native water plants to mulch their crops, but both plants and native fish are declining as tomato production increases. Finding alternative sources of mulch could save both water plants and fish.

Tomato farmers on Inlay Lake harvest native water plants to mulch their crops, but both plants and native fish are declining as tomato production increases. Finding alternative sources of mulch could save both water plants and fish.

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About redgumgirl

Dr Anne Jensen is an environmental consultant with a passionate interest in sustainable management of our natural resources, particularly the River Murray and wetland environments. She is particularly interested in using photographs and stories to explain issues around water and protecting natural ecosystems in terms that are understood by the wider community, so that we can manage our environment sustainably for our common future.
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