International Wetland Year

To: David Parker <>
Subject: International Wetland Year
From: Brian Fleming <>
Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2003 17:58:22 +1100
David Parker wrote:
> Peter Fuller wrote:
> "Wouldn't a 'National day of the Waterways' be great idea for
> Australia?"
> How's this for an idea: the 'International Year of Freshwater'
> Ok, so it's more than an idea, yep it is this year, 2003, the
> 'International Year of Freshwater'
> Days and weeks to celebrate this are:
> February 2nd:  World Wetlands Day: No Wetlands - No Water
> February 2 - 9:   World Wetlands Week
> March 22:    World Day for Water: Water for the Future
> October 19 - 25:  National Water Week
> And there are a number of other days which have an environmental tone
> to them which could continue to highlight our wetlands and waterways.
> See the Environment Australia web site at
> I will certainly be utilising these dates as opportunities to increase
> the awareness and appreciation of our wetlands and waterways and the
> wildlife of these areas, I hope others will too.
> Good idea Peter.
> Cheers,
> David
> David Parker
> Wildlife Extension Officer
> Greening Australia - Riverina
> P.O. Box 1010
> Deniliquin, NSW, 2710
> ph: 03 5881 3429  fax: 03 5881 3412
> mobile: 0428 236 263
And furthermore,  we should ALL be reading Mary E.White's splendid and
shattering book
"RUNNING DOWN: water in a changing land' (Kangaroo Press, 2000)
ISBN-0-7318-0904-1 . (She is also author of 'The Greening of Gondwana',
'The Browning of Australia' and 'Listen .. our Land is Crying').

It shows only too clearly what we European-based settlers have been
doing to our continent over the past 200 years or so, and that our
current water use really is unsustainable.  
It should be compulsory reading for all Australians.

(No, I haven't the slightest connection with Mary White or her
publishers. I just think it's a most timely and essential book.)

Anthea Fleming in Ivanhoe, Vic. 
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