Land clearing, the draining of wetlands, and reduced Indigenous cultural burning have damaged the ‘biotic pump’ that used to draw rainfall inland from the oceans.
The chains of ponds once cared for by First Nations peoples have been replaced by drainage lines which carry precious topsoil out to sea; drying the land, and worsening global heating.
Can we draw on the knowledge of First Nations peoples to heal Country, restore rainfall, reduce destructive wildfires, draw down carbon and help cool the land?
Image © Old Mick Walangkari Tjakamarra.
Courtesy of Aboriginal Artists Agency, Papunya Tula Artists