Earth’s natural forces have been in everyone's minds over the summer, perhaps more than ever before. Bushfires raged in Victoria for more than 50 days and other states too have experienced extreme temperatures and severe drought, fire and flood.
As I write at the end of January, our staff on remote properties in Queensland have been marooned by heavy rainfall and vast inland ‘oceans’.
Eagle Rock at Boolcoomatta Reserve, SA. Photo Julian Fennessy.
Without wishing these extreme events on anyone, for there is serious hardship and inconvenience involved for many, they have heightened our awareness of how vulnerable we are to the weather, climate change and the state of Australia's waterways.
We're finally starting to understand our relationship to the land. It is clear that we must take action at an individual level to ameliorate our contributions to these problems.
And we can!
One of the great things about being part of Bush Heritage is to see how your support contributes to protecting our landscapes (both large and small), waterways, and native animals and plants. You're helping to build more robust natural systems that will be better able to withstand the effects of global warming.
It's important that we publicise what we do. We need to engage people's interest, heighten their awareness and encourage their support, both as donors and volunteers. The greater the number of people involved, the greater our impact will be.
I hope you saw the excellent article in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald Good Weekend magazine on 13 January or heard Alexandra de Blas on Night Life on national radio. In addition, you may have seen media coverage of a new challenge grant for the environment, to which Bush Heritage can apply for approved projects.
I am looking forward to this year and to meeting the goals we have set Bush Heritage to extend our work and influence. We have a bold new plan for the next five years and beyond, a bold new look, a great team and fantastic support.Thank you.
In closing, I wish to thank all those who supported me over the summer as I overcame a health scare. It was tackled successfully, allowing me to return to work with a terrific bunch of people doing a very important job.
Doug Humann, CEO