Dear Friends and Family,
We’ve had enough rain to hopefully take the edge off storm and fire danger. There is some new green visible in places as nature shrugs, rolls around and yawns, but she is not fully awake yet.
Without cloud-cover, days reach 42 degrees in the cooler areas of the camp, and at night temperatures drop to a pleasant 25 degrees. With cloud-cover, our days are not as hot, and temperatures remain in the vicinity of 30 degrees all night.
Living here, we find it easy to appreciate that Nature is the boss.
Yet out in the wider world, it would seem that politics wishes to protect us from nature.
We share a joke that is supposedly making the rounds in medical circles:
Patient: "Hey Doc, when is all this Corona stuff going to be over?”
Doc: “How would I know? I’m not a politician!”
We wish everybody a robust sense of humour and resilience during these strange times.
Greetings from Kachana
Photos of the Month
News & Views
On Kachana we take the opportunity offered by ‘Corona isolation’ to analyse, to reflect and to maintain at least a virtual presence in critical climate-discussions.
Here are some of the links we visited:
- Immunity and Immunization - Prof Sucharit Bhakdi addresses attendees of a medical conference August 2020 in Budapest (German with English subtitles)
- Luke Storey interviews Dr Zach Bush – “At no time in my American experience have I seen a more desperate effort to hold on to an old narrative. … The fear mongering around this virus is collapsing previous prevention & regenerative focus of our agriculture, food systems, & health care systems. We are back in a reactionary, short-sighted state of affairs. …”
- Earth Institute at Columbia University hosts a webinar with Judy Schwartz and John D. Liu
- A conversation on how animals help create our landscapes – Judy Schwartz with Ben Goldfarb
- In the 2020 Mulloon Institute’s Tony Coote AM Memorial Lecture, Allan Savory examines some of the key challenges of our time
The Kachana position has not changed.
We continue to point out that at this point in time there may be more important things at stake than attempting to win a fight against one particular virus.
Water-Security needs to be addressed globally before water-scarcity reaches levels where community groups are forced to break laws to ensure mere survival. Australia could be a world leader in this process and there is plenty of meaningful work for those who want it.
Kachana input can be found here: Challenging North-Australian Landscape Management Paradigms
Link of the Month
“It's not an asteroid coming in. It's not nuclear war. It's not a killer virus. We are the weapon of mass destruction.”
In the first of this six-part series, creative studio Accept and Proceed’s founder David Johnston meets with renowned, multi-disciplinary physician of internal medicine and internationally recognised educator on the microbiome Zach Bush MD.
In light of the current coronavirus pandemic, the duo explores the explosion of chronic disease, the morality of the advertising world and the impact of consumer behaviour on our internal and global ecosystems.