If you do not know the beautiful Poem written by Dorothea Mackellar, and published in 1908, then it’s time for you to read it and appreciate it, both for its poetic resonance and its clues to Climate Change in The Land Down Under.
In the second verse she wrote:
I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror –
The wide brown land for me!
Dorothea (it is said) began writing the poem around 1904, long before anyone was even considering hyping up humanity about the so-called dangers of climate change. What she had seen and experienced during her formative years, living in Australia weighed heavily, in a very positive way, on her mind, so much so that she could write about seasonal (read normal) weather cycle changes.
In the fourth verse we read of the dying cattle from (the heat?) drought, and the return of the seasonal soaking rains.
Core of my heart, my country!
Her pitiless blue sky,
When sick at heart around us
We see the cattle die –
But then the grey clouds gather
And we can bless again
The drumming of an army,
The steady, soaking rain.
Core of my heart, my country!
Land of the Rainbow Gold,
For flood and fire and famine,
She pays us back threefold;
Over the thirsty paddocks,
Watch, after many days,
The filmy veil of greenness
That thickens as we gaze.
Please do not be put off by so-called ‘experts’ who tell us that beautiful poetry such as this, has no basis – no provable fact – in science.
Long before the CSIRO scientists (I name them because they are Julia’s favourite lackeys) had weather balloons, modern microscopes or computers on which to play with modeling programs, farmers, graziers, weather watchers, astronomers, sailors and adventurers and the Australian Aboriginies, all used what we today would call “observations” to record weather patterns and changes – no instruments or computer programs required.
Dorothea has recorded for us her emotive memories of life Down Under, in a harsh new country. She remembers well the heat, the drought, the fires, the famine, the flooding, the seasonal weather patterns, and the lush new green growth and beauty after the return of the rains. It certainly made a huge impact on her, so much so that now a hundred years later it still stirs the soul of many who read her powerful words.
There is not an iota of a hint of weird, strange or unnatural weather patterns mentioned in her writings, just an acceptance of the natural wonder of nature in the land of Australia.
So why would I be buzzing and writing of this today you might ask. Possibly it has something to do with an article picked up on the news out of Cowra NSW today.
ONE of Australia’s leading climate change modelling experts, Dr Wenju Cai, has been awarded a five-year CSIRO fellowship to establish a new research team examining climate influences on Australia.
Dr Cai, from the CSIRO’s Wealth from Oceans Flagships, will build the team with funds provided through a 2011 CSIRO Office of the Chief Executive Science Leadership Award.
CSIRO chief executive, Dr Megan Clark, says there has never been a greater need for Australian science to secure its knowledge base with expanded observations and modelling expertise.
“This research will help us understand the impact of climate change on Australia’s cycle of droughts and flooding rains,” Dr Clark says in a statement. (emphasis JMinT)
Dr Cai was a contributing author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment report which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He has also chaired the World Climate Research Programme Climate Variability and Prediction Pacific Implementation Panel.
In Australia, his research team provides vital inputs to governments, water authorities and other natural resource management agencies in assessing Australia’s vulnerability to climate change, with strong influences on decision-making and policy outcomes.
Quite apart from the fact that it would appear the New CSIRO research team seems to have a bias toward proving that weather patterns in Australia are affected by climate change (Fait accompli?), does anyone remember that the IPCC 4th assessment report was found to be full of errors? Another example of one of Julia’s tame scientists being given additional money to fritter away, proving a hypothesis that meets with governmental guidelines!
Dr. Megan Clark would do well to read, read and read again the words of poetess Dorothea Mackellar, who not only loved her Sunburnt Country, but was also familiar with its natural seasonal changes or cycles of droughts and flooding rains.