Would it surprise you to learn, ladies and gentlemen, that Australia has the highest rate of deforestation in the developed world and that, although direct comparisons cannot be made. rates of land-clearing are on a par with Brazil? Land-clearing is accelerating the growth in Australia’s carbon emissions.
“Australia has made national and international commitments to conserve biodiversity and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, but current land clearing policies are not consistent with these commitments.”
While urban sprawl accounts for a hefty amount of land-clearing, it is dwarfed by the amount of land cleared for agriculture, especially beef production. However, the (public and private) cost of land-clearing does not appear to be matched by a commensurate increase in beef production productivity.
Anyway, I’m sorry for sounding bitter and twisted. I would like to say that is because I’ve just hung up from my father. Any “chat” with my father inevitably ends in a lively discussion about tax and development costs. Yes, in many ways we are very alike. However, as much as I would like to, I cannot blame my attitude on him.
To calm down, I am sharing a couple of photos I took at our beautiful Australian National Botanic Gardens (Canberra, Australia).
And here is a photo of a female scarlet robin taken by my True Love at one of Canberra’s bushland nature reserves. Isn’t she sweet? Scarlet robins are very shy and prefer woodland to suburbia. Let’s protect our forests. Our planet and the continuation of many bird and other woodland species depend on it.
As the wattle is flowering so beautifully at the moment, I’m taking the advice of John Williamson’s song, Cootamundra Wattle. (Note: the Cootamundra wattle has become a bit of a weed in parts of Australia, but let’s not worry about that.)
Don’t buy the daily papers any more woman,
Read all about what’s going on in hell.
They don’t care to tell the world of kindness,
Good news never made a paper sell.
There’s all the colours of the rainbow in the garden woman,
And symphonies of music in the sky.
Heaven’s all around us if you’re looking,
But how can you see it if you cry.
For the Ragtag Daily Prompt — Bush.