The precious rivers, streams and oceans of the world are under immense stress from human infrastructures and lifestyles. At the same time, we see a surge in ecological consciousness and caring for the life sustaining waters of the world. The people of Southern Australia are no exception, particularly in their commitment to protect and restore the ecosystem of the Murray-Darling Basin.
The river is believed to be suffering from overuse, meaning, people have been expending more gigaliteres of water per year than the river naturally recovers. However, overuse of the River's water is only one aspect of the conversation, endangered animals, city infrastructure compromising ecological infrastructure, global climate change, and pollution are also at the forefront.
By brining greater attention to the Murray, people hope to build the public commitment to restore the ecology on which the health of the river depends.
Philippa Rowland, member of the Multifaith Association of Southern Australia shared with us these the growing attention in the are for the Murray River. She shared the following pictures after attending a prayerful action at the river basin, where "Major Sumner, a.k.a. Uncle Moogy, and Elder and traditional healer of the Ngarrindjeri nation, called on all Ancestors to help us make wise decisions to Save the Murray."