Welcome to “The Change Makers” – our weekly video series.
In this series our Change Makers share their stories, their thoughts, their ambitions and their actions to leave the earth a better place – to be a Good Ancestor to future generations.
Our planet is experiencing catastrophic environmental harm and it requires us to Think Long Term, beyond our lifetimes, to evaluate our choices and to take actions to ensure a sustainable and healthy future for all.
The stories of those leading the change – The Change Makers – those thinking and acting with long-term vision, are inspirational.
Inspired, we can ask ourselves, “what can we do to be Better Ancestors?”
This week, Better Ancestors takes a third look at fresh water in Aotearoa New Zealand. Episodes 29 and 31 touched on industrial agriculture and the impact of synthetic fertilisers, fresh water and the implications for human health.
In this episode (# 33 in our series) our Film-maker, Ian Spilman brings his skill and focus to celebrate the fresh water cycle on which all life on earth depends. However, his work also makes us aware of the harm that our landscape-scale changes have and continue to inflict upon the biosphere.
New Zealand is at a tipping point. The cumulative adverse impacts of our land use upon our indigenous fresh water ecology are driving species to the precipice of extinction.
Extinction is forever and we will choose. We have the capacity within us to change and now is the time.
- If we can respect our unique natural world, our heritage;
- If we can change the way we farm, reduce the number of animals and our dependence upon synthetic inputs;
- If we can reclothe the land with appropriate plants and stop sedimentation;
We will give the natural world the opportunity to heal, and
We will have earned the title of Kaitiaki / Guardian.
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Episode 34 premieres next week, Sunday 29th August 2021