Natures Heart Intentions

Brigid Mary Prain

Brigid Mary Prain is devoted to loving the Amazon and expresses that in a myriad of ways…

From documenting the Indigenous Resistance evicting trespassing oil companies, making immersive films about her Amazon animal encounters, producing music from Nature sounds accompanied by beautiful videos, giving presentations at festivals, taking her work into schools, and spreading the word about Nature protection far and wide on social media.

Through her work Brigid seeks to enliven our connection with life itself by challenging our senses and deepening our innate appreciation for existence. 

She is the Wilderness, a Wild Adventuress creating in Love with Nature, an Instrument for the Divine.

It is her deepest calling to be the voice for those who speak but are seldom heard.

She encourages us all to follow our passion, to live our bliss, to care for all life and to know that we are all indeed interconnected. Stand up and be counted!

See her current exciting project here.

International Wetlands Day Focus – Peel-Yalgorup Ramsar listed Wetlands 482 – Peel-Harvey Estuary

This Natures Heart Intention project aims to:

  • reflect on human behavior in relation to Nature
  • provide basic information on the Peel-Harvey Estuary, a Ramsar listed wetland,
  • identify organisations and projects taking action to regenerate waterways locally,
  • describe some with global importance that effect climate change via hydrology and carbon sequestration to name two processes and
  • invite you to set an intention that wetlands be protected and regenerated.

We are well into the 6th Major Extinction event of Earth and it is predominantly caused by the actions of humans. The continued push for ‘economic growth’, the growing population, which puts pressure on ecosystems and a disconnection with our natural ecology, has led us here.

We must stop all action that is putting biodiversity at risk and regenerate the land and oceans. There are many ingenious and Indigenous solutions that we can adopt in the areas of energy and food production as well as methods for cleaning up the toxic wastes we have produced. It just takes the thoughts of the inventors and first adapters to be communicated in a way that reaches the hearts of the next wave of adapters, and then the next.

We adopt change based on how it fits our current belief systems and values. For example, if we value our freedom to use motorized craft to reach the maximum speed, do maneuvers and jumps and don’t value other life forms like nesting birds, conservation and regeneration will be slow or retrograde. EstuaryJetskicreditBobPaterson(The two major effects of recreation on the Peel-Yalgorup wetlands are erosion of the shoreline due to boating and vehicle use and disturbance of waterbirds at vulnerable stages in their lifecycle. Photo from WA Peel Strategic Assessment ).

However, as the amount of people who value connectedness to all living beings and seeing the sentience in each increases then we will move rapidly towards halting the extinction crisis and possibly bring many back from the brink.

The Peel-Harvey Estuary, part of the Ramsar listed Peel-Yalgorup wetlands is a perfect example of how we can not only holt further extinction but possibly regenerate and restore ecosystems. However, some ecosystems cannot be restored due to major interventions. Starting with the South Yunderup canal development, followed by the construction of the Dawesville Cut we observed the dredging of the estuary in South Yunderup that disturbed the bottom and released sulphuric acid that adversely affected fish populations. DawesvillecutGoogleearthThen the introduction of significant tidal movement and saline water from the ocean forever changed the littoral vegetation, of note the health decline of Malaleuca rhaphiophylla and certain Eucalypt species and reduction of river fish especially cobbler. A full report was made of the changes in the Ecological Character Description for the Peel-Yalgorup Ramsar Site (2007) required by the Ramsar listing due to the modification of the wetland. The report says that although significant changes have occurred it still qualifies for the listing due to the diverse and high number of birds resident and visiting the wetlands and the thrombolites.

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The major risk to loosing the biodiversity and aliveness, and therefore the actual listing is the disturbance of the black sludge which will release sulphuric acid and selenium into the water with devastating effects on aquatic and avian life. (Photo fromWA Peel Strategic Assessment)

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The original cause of the algae blooms, which resulted in three solutions being named including the channel construction, were to reduce agricultural practices that led to increased nitrogen discharge and removal of the algae. The introduction of saline ocean water has reduced the macro-algae, but it is still devastating areas, replacing sand beaches with sludge and creating anaerobic environments that kill fish.  Reducing the ‘nutrient’ run off (or measured levels in the water) has not been achieved. The Peel Harvey Catchment Council has several projects and this is now being addressed, but they expect their education programs will take time. They have several projects that are aimed at specific populations and are following the “Wise Use” principles, which includes nature-based tourism, and commercial and recreational fishing.

The second goal of the People and Estuary Plan is to inform and support politicians in making wise choices in relation to the threats and requirements of the wetlands. A lot more focus on regenerative agriculture and re-wilding or creation of sanctuaries is required. Moves towards sanctuaries and listings of places of biodiversity were happening before the turn of the century, but a ‘force’ has been winding back these protections in the name of economic growth. We are the force that will turn it around.

Together we can grow a more beautiful world. Read more about how we can do it here. Specifically to identify organisations and projects taking action to regenerate waterways locally and also those of global importance that effect climate change via hydrology and carbon sequestration to name two processes.

Many Wetlands: One Earth

Two of the aims of this Wonderful Wetlands project are to identify organisations and projects taking action to regenerate waterways locally and also those of global importance that effect climate change via hydrology and carbon sequestration to name two processes. In this blog I start with the global focus, add in some background information and resources I discovered researching this topic and then include the list of stakeholders and ‘friends’ of the Peel-Yalgorup Wetlands at the end.

Do you feel a need to take action?

Where are you drawn? Do you sense that more people feel called to protect and restore environments in their local residential or recreational areas than globally?  The problems are visible and the solutions sometimes fairly easy to put to action, for example picking up plastic along the shoreline or fishing line off the rocks. And then we face the ‘not so natural disasters’ like massive bushfires that lead to focused vision on the destruction and loss in front of our eyes.

To address bigger issues like climate change, ocean acidification and global biodiversity loss can lead to overwhelm. Are less people called to take action in places that don’t immediately affect them? If we look at our planet as one, yes it is a part of the universe, but lets stick with the planet for now, then we see the interconnection and need to address deforestation and poor agricultural practices globally. There are several organisations who have made steady and significant progress in this.

As part of the Wonderful Wetlands project I wish to connect the Peel-Yalgorup Wetlands with a small village in West Papua. Why you may ask?

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Treesisters.org partners with several organisations who work at grass roots levels in wetlands like West Papua and Madagascar, watersheds like Mt Kenya and rainforests like the Ashaninka community land in South-Western Brazil. All projects are locally important as well as having significant impacts globally.

Project Drawdown brought together a team of scientists who researched and calculated over 100 solutions, that are already being practiced globally to produce the book ‘Drawdown: The most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming’ (2017). The project was started, and the book edited by Paul Hawken. Regenerative agriculture, inter-cropping with trees and many variants of practices that include trees in agriculture improve food production and improve the land/soil. From the section on coastal wetlands I quote: “Coastal wetlands can store five times as much carbon as tropical forests over the long term, mostly in deep wetland soils. The soil of mangrove forests alone may hold the equivalent of more than two years of global emissions—22 billion tons of carbon, much of which would escape if these ecosystems were lost.” In a talk Paul Hawken applauded the work of Treesisters.

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For another view point on the importance of trees listen to Sadhguru at World Economic Forum Davos | 1 Trillion Trees Press Conference 2019. Spiritual teacher Sadhguru spoke in Davos about the importance of trees. I found it to be an excellent explanation of how working with the motivations of people (e.g economic survival) will lead to longer term preservation of trees. I am advocate for re-wilding the planet but sanctuaries are difficult, if not impossible to protect from poachers and changes in whims of governments. The world is seeing increasing uptake of restorative practices like regenerative agriculture, permaculture and agroforestry. His inspiration is wide reaching. Treesisters.org apparently have a historical link to his initial tree planting project GreenHands. Imagine a large percent of land currently used to industrially feed livestock (aka domestic animals) being converted and used to grow plants for food and interspersed with trees.

Can understanding plant intelligence change attitudes and behaviour towards plants? To read about this please go here.

Background on climate

Climate is affected by tree density and canopy coverage with obvious changes in rainfall locally and downstream dependent on tree coverage.  It is useful to reflect on up and down wind dynamics.:-Where does your water come from, and how much does the catchment basin that you’re a part of contribute to downwind rainfall?” In my bio-region 18 % of the supplied ‘tap’ water comes from a desalination plant. Western Australia’s climate has been changing for the last two decades with drops in rainfall and increasing winter mean temperatures. Although focus was put on reducing clearing in the last part of the 20th century the clearing of land has accelerated at an alarming rate. Much has been for urban development. Observing the encroachment of housing into bush-land and areas previously cleared for agricultural use the population seems like it is exploding. However, still being a low-density population, our contribution to climate change may not appear much but statistics show our extraction of gas in the North West puts our carbon (and methane) emissions way above other states and so affects the whole planet.

Atmospheric moisture generated by forests is blown by prevailing winds to other regions, countries and even continents. You can see the mist in a rainforest that is produced by the trees transpiring water vapour and even in a city you can feel the coolness sitting under a tree on a hot day. Tropical rainforests are well documented to affect global weather systems and climate belts (search and read about biotic pumps, the role of forests in rainfall, cross continental water transport etc or visit the units section of FB group for the Amazon).

oceanand earth system

Ocean currents (and whales) bring nutrients to the surface for plankton growth and bring temperature differences needed for plant germination and animal species life stages. There are two types of currents- surface currents driven by wind and deep-water currents driven by variations in seawater density. CONVEYORThese currents link oceans world-wide. Changes in ocean temperature, often brought on currents can kill coral and change the breeding patterns on marine animals like turtles, leading to further species extinction. For more information see Water Cycle. There are more graphics like this at the NASA site.  Indian Ocean sea surface temperatures impact rainfall and temperature patterns over Australia. Warmer than average sea surface temperatures can provide more moisture for frontal systems and lows crossing Australia often leading to floods and erosion.

One of the key drivers of Australia’s climate is the Indian Ocean Dipol (IOD) which results from sustained changes in the difference between sea surface temperatures of the tropical western and eastern Indian Ocean. Understanding the seasonal trends towards a positive, negative or neutral phase could allow for better planning of water use and conservation needs. Maybe water allocated for industry, industrial agriculture and mining could be diverted to replenishing underground water supplies and watering trees undergoing drought stress. (Just a thought…a prayer). If the phase is positive the outlook is less rain and higher temperatures. This is likely to be in Spring and early summer setting the country up for more heatwaves and higher fire risk. At the time of writing we have moved from a positive phase into a neutral phase so the outlook for rain (see BOM video) is unpredictable but likely low in the Peel area. Bureau of Meteorology provide great explanations and forecasts on their web site.

However, our bio-region, a part of our planet Earth, a living eco-system is influenced by complex systems that have exponential or snowball effects. Consider the addition of the  El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) which is the major climate driver in the Pacific Ocean. It also has a strong impact on Australia’s climate.

  • El Niño – typically warmer and drier over eastern Australia
  • La Niña – cooler and wetter over much of the country.
  • El Niño  + positive IOD = reinforced dry impacts. (we have just had this double effect) 
  • La Niña + negative IOD = above-average winter–spring rainfall.

Carbon

Wetlands sequester huge amounts of carbon in mangroves and sea grass as well as the estuary or sea floor as long as it is not disturbed. The water (in the ocean, lakes, rivers and estuaries) absorbs carbon dioxide from the air and as this level has risen drastically due to use of fossil fuels the level in the ocean has risen causing the slightly alkaline ocean to neutralise – called acidification. About 30 to 40 % of the carbon dioxide created from human activity dissolves into water bodies. Oceans supply half the planets oxygen supply. The air I breath in today is made up of the same elements that someone breathed out across the globe that was reduced in carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide to be enriched with oxygen by ocean and terrestrial plants.

Carbon sequestration (storage) in tree roots is often the most documented reason for planting trees as we face increasing climate change, and the potential sequestration has been scientifically evaluated to be one of the most powerful actions we can take. However, we need to be aware of clever (deceitful) accounting of carbon credits with people offsetting destruction of plants in one area with planting monoculture forest species in another. This type of global offsetting is not useful, although carbon credits can be created in more just and sustainable ways.

  • Treesisters, the organisation, carefully checks potential tree planting partners to maintain a high level of ethics.
  • Treesisters, women and men, value giving back to Nature by donating money for planting trees globally in the tropics.

Threats and Actions

Global actions do affect local climate and biodiversity. Local actions do affect the globe.

In relation to wetlands it is useful to understand global threats that are influenced by local actions. One threat is to migratory birds.

Many species of birds and marine animals migrate and rely on vegetation and food to sustain themselves long distances. Millys-Flyway-graphicStop over points on these journeys are essential for their sustenance. One of the reasons Peel-Yalgorup Wetlands gained international importance status (Ramsar Wetland) was due to the presence of over 20,000 water birds. A large portion of these are migratory travelling from the East coast of Australia, around the southern coast, up to the top of WA, through Asia and to the artic and back again each year. It is possible that they stop at Ansas in West Papua?

We are truly One Earth and it is important to think collectively and collaborate as one.

Your local action may be led by your love for a particular area or passion and so can your global action sponsor local actions in far away places. Sometimes it can help to focus on one project to sister with. I have chosen Treesisters newest project that partners with Eden operating in West Papua.

Eden Reforestation Projects helps the village of Ansas replant the mangroves in its vicinity. The project addresses both poverty and mangrove restoration together. Addressing poverty and restoring mangroves will over time retroactively influence positively one another. (Please visit site to read more and see writing of this image).Treesisters westpapuaHealthy mangrove forests will provide an abundance of life and fisheries resources. The Ansas community will in time be able to build a different relationship with their mangroves, improve their livelihoods, and plan a better future.” (Treesisters web page https://treesisters.org/blog/west-papua-yapen-mangrove-restorationaccessed 25-1-2020)

We can learn great wisdom to adopt locally from the people leading these organisations who have been doing more than planting trees for decades. Planting the trees is only one step. Before that comes education and motivation for change, (what’s in it for the locals) seed collection, sprouting, nurturing, distribution to the planting site, then the planting, caring for and protection and in some cases like agro-forestry sustainable harvesting. Sanddune plantingPlanting a tree, or even sand dune stabilizing grasses like I did with a local group last spring, can feel great but what or who takes care of them after that? Hopefully they are monitored and the programs have longevity. Hopefully corporations with the money and power to push for development and therefore destroying habitat do not override the community-based actions.

There are many concepts and stories for new ways of doing things. Making local council decisions based on bio-regions sustainability, Rights of Nature and Eco-cide Laws, New economies, Transitional towns and regenerative and transparent cyclical economies are a few I will link to this project later.

Overall, projects that look more wholistically, that develop from care and love for nature, change thoughts, values and then behaviours will make the world a better place. The results of projects honouring life, especially of green beings around the globe, can help give us hope and counterbalance the hope-discouragement polarities and swings. I find equanimity in embedding love in what I do. I hope it helps you too.

Local groups

If you are part of a group active in the Peel-Yalgorup wetlands and would like to be listed here, and or you would like to add some information or contact details please contact me.

The Peel-Yalgorup System Ramsar Technical Advisory Group (TAG) was established in 2007 and involves 27 stakeholder organisations who work collaboratively to manage this wetland system

27 Stakeholder Organisations & Friends* Some links below

Traditional Custodians  (Relationship to country – Watch videos on the river and land relationship that Harry Nannup and Franklin Nannup hold on Point Grey at the Ramsar and the 482 Wildlife and Photograpy FB page)

Birdlife WA (Birds Australia) Peel Region – quote from page –

One of our most important activities is the annual bird count we do on the RAMSAR listed wetlands. One of the main aims of this activity is to show that we continue to support the requisite number of species and birds to maintain our RAMSAR listing. We always welcome volunteers to this activity be they experts in identifying birds, scribes or people helping to ensure the success of the event.  Shorebird identification workshops are occasionally run by PHCC (Peel-Harvey Catchment Council). If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Convenor of the Peel group: Bill King”

City of Mandurah – You can find out about the City Councils aims and strategies on their web page and other information on their FB page.  Quote: With an estimated 80 percent of wetlands on the Swan Coastal Plain having been cleared, filled, drained or otherwise destroyed since European settlement, the City’ Foreshore Rehabilitation Project will help minimise our impact, and enable the protection and rehabilitation of these valuable waterways.

 Mandurah Environmental Volunteer Alliance is open to all environmental groups in the region. The alliance meets monthly and is supported by the Environment Education Officer form the Mandurah City Council.

Commercial Fishers 

Conservation Council (WA) (Peel Conservation Group is a member. The organisation has several projects including a Fairy Tern bird count. To quote: “…the South West Fairy Tern Project supports members of the community to protect the threatened Australian Fairy Tern Sternula Nereis. Migratory Fairy Terns can often be seen nesting and raising fledglings on sandy beaches and coastal areas around Perth during summer months, returning to locations as far north as Exmouth during winter. The exposed nesting sites preferred by the birds can make them vulnerable to vehicles, foot traffic, pets, and feral animals. It is estimated that there are 3,000 pairs of Fairy Terns in WA, however this may be a significant underestimate.”

http://www.ccwa.org.au/fairyterns

Department for Planning (& Infrastructure) 

Department of Agriculture and Food 

Department of Fisheries WA – Click for a Fisheries risk Assessment 

Department of Parks
and Wildlife (Dept. Environment and Conservation) – Wetlands 

Department of Parks and Wildlife (Dept. Environment and Conservation) – Swan Coastal District 

Department of the Environment and Energy (Aus Gov) 

Department of Water -For a Water Risk Assessment see Peel Coastal Ground water report 2015 (Water Science)

Department of Transport 

FRAGYLE (Also a member of CCWA. Their web site has information on the wetlands and the Ramsar status…

Lake Clifton Herron Landcare Group 

Friends of Lake McLarty 

Lake Mealup Preservation Society (Inc) 

Mandurah Bird Observers Group – Birdlife WA 

MAPTO 

Peel Development Commission 

Peel-Harvey Catchment Council They have a faceBook page and web site – click to view this Wetlands lead organisation

Recfishwest 

Shire of Harvey 

Shire of Murray 

Shire of Waroona 

Alcoa of Australia (Industry) 

There are other groups not recognised within this advisory group who are active in advocating and caring for the estuary. Many will be at the Mandurah Wetlands Environment Event on Sunday February 2nd 2020. MEHG

Listening to the Trees

Can understanding plant intelligence change attitudes and behaviour towards plants?

There is a field of science that not many people know about, and many scientists haven’t had the experience of, to make informed comments. Many people not familiar with intelligence existing beyond primates will dismiss it, even ridicule it as they do the meaning in children’s stories, shamanism, animalism or even quantum science. For some it may threaten their justification of their current actions so they need to hang onto their own ‘truth’. It is an area called Plant Intelligence.  Plants can learn, have memory and are intelligent, however the mechanism is different to that in humans. They do not have brains or neurons.

Wild path to the sacred heartMy interest in plant communication was stimulated when I became a Treesister and met Ellen who could communicate with trees, especially the Redwoods. Ellen spent days at a time hiking and sitting with the Redwoods. They provided her with great insights into navigating our turbulent world. Ellen Dee Davidson’s book ‘Wild Path to the Sacred Heart’ provides an amazing insight into her experiences. She shone a light on a path for me. If we follow our hearts we too can have greater connection with Nature. (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1733627502/ref=ppx_od_dt_b_asin_title_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1)

Since reading Ellen’s book I have heard of more people, especially women who can connect deeply with trees. Usually it would be when they are in a meditative state, which slows their brain waves to alpha or beta and generally slows the whole body and its increases receptive skills. Depending on your current beliefs you may consider the ability or process as tapping into the universal consciousness, a quantum field of thoughts travelling not as matter but as energy, or a spiritual being channeling the thoughts and words (however the person senses them which may or may not be like an actual human voice) or the actual consciousness of the tree. How could we know? We don’t have the tools within our current science technology to test it.

However, Monica Gagliano, Research Associate Professor in Evolutionary Ecology previously at the University of Western Australia, and now at the University of Sydney has done experiments based on methods used for studying animal behavior.  Monica is the leader in research and dissemination of the new field of Plant Bioacoustics. Just type her name and you will see she has authored many articles, several books, and presented many public talks.

To quote her web site… “Plant bioacoustic is a newly-emerged field of plant communication. Plants produce sound waves in the lower end of the audio range as well as an overabundance of ultrasonic sounds. By capturing the signals emitted by plants under different environmental conditions, I am exploring the ecological significance of these sounds to communication among plants and between plants and other organisms.

Plant cognition is a new and exciting field of research directed at experimentally testing the cognitive abilities of plants, including perception, learning processes, memory and consciousness. The emerging framework holds considerable implications for the way we perceive plants as it redefines the traditionally held boundary between animals and plants.” (https://www.monicagagliano.com accessed 26-01-2020)

This fascinating work may help those who easily dismiss the narrative supplied by people like Ellen who receive messages not only from trees but animals, elements and ancestors. Indigenous people who have remained connected to the land, plants and animals have thrived for centuries by accessing such knowledge. The knowledge of what plants to eat, to use as medicine or to avoid has been handed down for thousands of years. Where did this knowledge come from? AmazontreeenarriverWas it instinct, universal collective knowledge or communication with the plants or plant spirits as Manari, shaman of the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest explained to me?

When you consider the super abilities of Yogis and free divers who can control their breath to limits which most of us would expire at we must accept that humans are nowhere near their potential in expanding our receptive abilities in hearing sound. If we look into Monica’s research and slow down to ‘plant time’ we may find we can hear, or in some other way sense the acoustic sounds they produce. We can already use microphones to hear the sounds; therefore it is likely some of us can hear them without devices.

Point Grey dead treesRecently I have heard that the trees are calling for our help.

Many different sounds have been recorded and plant scientists who reproduced the conditions trees are exposed to including drought, inside an agar plate have discovered the sound a stressed tree makes. “Inside tree trunks are bundles of specialized tubes called xylem, which rely on the attractive forces between water molecules as well as those between water and plant cells to lift liquid to the highest leaves and branches….In drought-stricken trees, … increased pressure can cause the water column to break, allowing dissolved air to form bubbles that block water flow… called cavitations,… Since cavitations can kill trees, scientists and forest managers want to know when they are increasing.” Hopefully if water can be supplied the trees will live. The science can tell us which trees are calling for help. But who will listen?

They are asking that we stop cutting them down, polluting and increasing saline levels in the water. We need to plant and nurture many more. The trees need the underground water and their relations, other trees in forests, where vapour is transpired and carried through the air to create rain. And maybe they need our songs and love as well.

Another account of sounds produced by trees is given by David Haskell in ‘The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature’s Great Connections”. David uses microphones attached to recorders to listen to trees and some of these sounds can be attributed to movement of water through cells and the zylem…but he also listens deeply. He is awake to the interconnections of all life. To quote a review, “Through his exploration, Haskell shows that this networked view of life enriches our understanding of biology, human nature and ethics. When we listen to trees, nature’s great connectors, we learn how to inhabit the relationships that give life its source, substance and beauty.”

Activities to do

  • The first action we can take is to reflect on our love for nature, called biophillia. Recall a time in your childhood when you were in awe of Nature’s beauty. Were you walking in bush-land or forest? Was it a flower in your grandparent’s garden? Use all your senses to remember how it felt in your body. Gather gratitude in your heart and thank the plant or animal that gave you the gift of awe. Continue to recall several times when you felt deep admiration for Nature’s beauty. Sense if you can feel this in your heart. Now radiate the heart felt love back to Nature. Words, song, thoughts or an energy vibration may accompany this.
  • Can you remember any time in your childhood when you wanted to share the beauty of Nature with a grown-up but they were too busy or not interested in what you were showing? Maybe they were even disgusted or wanted to kill it  (imagine a beautiful green caterpillar that is eating your broccoli). What effect might this have had on the little child? Can we keep the innocent love for Nature alive as we grow up? Can we learn from listening deeply? Will it make a difference?

Breathing with the trees

This activity is taken from a video of Sadhuguru speaking at the World Economic Forum.

  • Arrange for a group of people sit down under some trees, eyes closed following a process of centring and focusing on their breath. As they breathe out say:-.”Your exhalation is the trees inhalation, [breathe in] the trees exhalation is your inhalation”. “Reflect that one half of your breathing apparatus is out there on the tree, what would you do without it?” (https://www.facebook.com/20781959145/posts/10157973078004146/)
  • To associate listening and breathing with the trees to the wetlands, specifically Point Grey, Peel-Harvey Estuary I invite you to watch & read the slide show of photos I took when i visited the site where developers want to build a marina with associated housing and shopping facilities. I created a story line with the intention of displaying it at the Wetland Event. My hope is to produce sketch outline that children can colour-in possibly leading to the creation a collaborative book. You can see the ‘yet to be perfected’ slideshow here – Limnoriea – a mythology for Point Grey.

Imagine

So whether your world-view is from peer reviewed science or the guidance channeled through clairvoyants, or somewhere in between, there is a message for us, for you and me. If we develop our capacity to understand our relationship to plants, especially trees, we may find we can make this world a more beautiful place to be.

  • Imagine Earth in 2050 rewilded with increasing biodiversity and a just and sustainable habitat for all. It is possible if we listen to the trees.

Addition –

If you wish to read the words that accompany the slide show (many are hard to read especially on mobiles) then here is the story line so far for Limnoriea – A mythology for Point Grey

I am the Nymph who nurtures all things in the salt marshes and salt-water estuaries.

Nymphs are known for their love of nature and nurturing all in need. I am in essence true love and create harmony because love energy radiates from my heart.

I have many sisters. My closest sisters are all the other Nereids. We live in both salt and fresh water. The Naiads preside over springs, rivers, and lakes.

The nymphs of the mountains are Oreads and the Dryads are the nymphs of the trees. Hamadryad is bound to the tree and her life is dependent on the tree’s life.

Most of us can change our form from human to the source of Nature we are in service to.

Dryads can change from the form of a tree to a human at will.

For me it is anything in the still salty water. But our powers to shift between these forms have been weakened.

We started to lose our powers and were forced into a deep sleep in the land now called Western Australia about two hundred years ago. Many crimes were committed against the human guardians who had lived in harmony with us for the longest known time.

Humans stopped respecting us and thought they were the all mighty ones. They chopped and burnt down so many trees that the Dryads started to die, especially Hamadryads. Nereids have been able to keep some of our powers but things are changing very quickly now.

I have been granted extra energy from the grid of light, an energy surrounding our universe that is connected to the centre of your mother, the Earth. I have entered a portal and will only have these extra powers for a short time, so please sit down with me and listen closely.

I heard the call from the twin tree, Swamp Paperbark, Melaleuca rhaphiophylla. The trees need your help.

In 1994 humans cut a channel to the ocean opposite a place they called Point Grey. They said it was a solution to toxic algae growth.

The clearing of land and the use fertilisers caused a lot of nitrogen build up that created toxic algae.

They didn’t think about reducing run off and stopping the cause.

They didn’t look to Nature for an answer. They also wanted to create luxury canals to live on and marinas for boats.

They didn’t ask the Trees who have lived here a long time.

The salt level and tides from the ocean made many trees die. Humans measured their decline in the Harvey River in 1994.

Only the Saltwater Paperbark can have her trunk surrounded by salty water. They have special roots coming from the trunk.

This is Saltwater Paperbark, Malaleuca cuticularis. Her leaves are smaller and she doesn’t grow as big.

They like to live close together in groves.

You can see the lake is white because there is only salt, no water.

Their bark helps protect from bush fires, but goes black, whilst unburnt parts are white. Malaleuca means black and white.

They provide food and places to live for birds, reptiles and insects. They take in carbon doixide and release oxygen.

My special powers allow me to live in the paperbark by day, returning to the salt water by night. I am here to talk to humans.

I invite you to come and spend time with us, to touch our bark, smell our aroma, see our beauty and hear us -listen deeply.

Come and sit with me, be quiet, even hug me. Breathe in, breathe out, can you feel something in your heart?

Please stand with the trees; we need your love. Nature needs you to be embedded in love with us.

What do you think the trees want? What do you think the water wants?

When you listen with your heart you will hear the answers.

Maybe you will hear: No more chopping and pushing over trees.

We need trees to cover at least 50% of Planet Earth’s land for harmony and the energy of the Nymphs to be returned.

We need the water to be clean.

The trees are grateful for you saying yes to our survival

They want you to say no to ‘capital growth’ like housing developments and Marinas at Point Grey.

Recent humans have called this place Point Grey.

It is on the eastern side roughly in the middle of the estuary.

Gratitude to Treesister friends and music provided by Karlo WondeRa