Surviving a Natural Disaster: Alone in the Australian Rainforest

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Published on April 6, 2022 by

This week, we survived the largest flood disaster in recorded history here in the Australian rainforest. It has been tough, and in our life off grid, we have never been so scared. But, in this time completely cut off from the world – we have learnt the power of community and the strength of humans coming together.

Direct and local organisations needing donations now:

Brunswick Valley Landcare:
https://brunswickvalleylandcare.org.au/donate/
Local landcare groups come together through community to regenerate the land. They collect waste, protect native trees and plant trees alongside banks to work against erosion and degradation.

Koori Mail:
https://www.gofundme.com/f/bundjalung-community-flood-relief
The Koori Mail are an indigenous owned and run organisation. Their flood relief donations will go directly and wholly to the community and will be used for temporary accomodation, medical supplies, baby supplies, food vouchers, access to clean drinking water, clothing and dry linen, camping gear and sanitary items.

Wires Rescue:
https://donations.wires.org.au/
A not for profit that provide rescue and care for injured wildlife.

Broader Australian wide organisations working for climate action:

Seed Mob:
https://www.seedmob.org.au/donate
Seed Mob is a movement of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander young people for climate justice with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. Their vision is for a just and sustainable future with string cultures and communities, powered by renewable energy.

Standing our Ground:
https://standing-our-ground.org/donate/
Wangan & Jagalingou Nagana Yarrbayn Cultural Custodians are a group of self determined W&J Traditional Owners who speak for Country and uphold the resolutions of their family council to protect their country from extractive industries. They need support to continue asserting their human rights as Wangan and Jagalingou People to practice culture opposite Adani’s mine.

Firesticks Alliance:
https://www.firesticks.org.au/donate/
Firesticks Alliance Indigenous Corpotaion is an Indigenous led network that aims to re-invigorate the use of cultural burning by facilitating cultural learning pathways to fire and land management.

Young Farmers Connect:
https://www.youngfarmersconnect.com/donate
Young Farmers Connect are a national not for profit organisation committed to cultivating networks, resources and community for young farmers, supporting the use of regenerative, holistic & sustainable agriculture practices.

https://www.patreon.com/motherthemountain
https://www.instagram.com/motherthemountain/
Anastasia’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/anast.asia/
Julia’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/juliavanderbyl/

We are sisters, Julia and Anastasia — caring for a regenerative farm on Bundjalung Country on the East Coast of Australia. We have a dream to build a self sustainable future and regenerate the land for generations to come. Join us as we learn to build, farm, garden, and care for the animals and land.

We live and farm on the land of the Arakwal and Minjungbal people of the Bundjalung Nation and these practices of regenerative living, agriculture and permaculture owe their roots and theories to Indigenous knowledge — they have been practiced by Indigenous People around the world for so many years. We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the Country we live on, and recognise their continuing connection to the land and waters. We thank them for protecting this rainforest and its ecosystems since time immemorial.

Music:
Amarante: “Dancing in the Dying Light (Instrumental)” and “Alone (Instrumental)”
Georgina Grimshaw: “Nothing To Hide (Instrumental)”
Land of Trees: “From These Ashes (Instrumental)”

A big thank you to all of the incredible artists who share their music in each episode! All of the music included can be found here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7AX7Cbpn6IiMIg8QhGOGLX?si=58686c1aa39f4605 />
Chapters:
0:00 Surviving a flood disaster and landslides
3:42 Off grid and alone, caring for our community
9:14 Caring for lost animals
13:31 Hiking food through landslides and finding hope

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17 Comments

  • isolated1 4 months ago

    I'm sorry, I hope you, your family and friends are safe… I'll say a prayer for all the people affected.

  • whyno713 4 months ago

    10:56 casually acknowledges the 'massive' Huntsman spider while the rest of us would be flipping out and trying to burn down the electric box. Ya'll are some troopers!

  • Irwan Gi-Pu 4 months ago

    Woooow amazing ….

  • EY awakening 4 months ago

    Glad you guys and the rainforest are still there!!! If you guys weren't around ppl would loose their garden of eden. Lol

  • EY awakening 4 months ago

    Its not climate change. Its god coming back and showing believers and non believers the signs of his return to alert ppl that time on earth is short.

  • Barry Lees 4 months ago

    How do you suppose the boulders got to be in the positions they were before this supposed 'climate crisis' ? They were moved by previous floods. Just because the records only go back 100 years or 200 years does NOT mean that is the first time such a flood has occured. So please explain the last 'Climate Change Disaster'

  • 11 Plus Math Kids! 4 months ago

    Wow! I like your place. More like the same as ours when I was young.

  • KIERON DARCY 4 months ago

    It is not a natural disaster sweetie, it’s Geo engineering. Do a little bit of research, as simple as looking at the BOM site you can see AMF pulse signals coming out of Moree and Mackay. Also Air Force aircraft cloud seeding in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Newcastle and Lismore

  • outfctrl 4 months ago

    I am glad everyone is safe. These natural disasters have been happening for millions of years. It's just something we have to deal with and hope for the best.

  • Hardcore Sustainable 4 months ago

    You can't always attribute extreme weather events to climate change, but getting lots of rain where you don't usually get it is one of the major results of climate change caused by humans. Warmer atmosphere holds more moisture and storms get stronger and rainfall increases as a result. This is the present and future. Thanks for mentioning climate chaos.

    Hope your farm is alright. I'm sure with the way you treat the land, it will recover quickly.

  • notatechie 4 months ago

    Why does everyone think this is the worst ever and that it has not ever happened before? Global warming? Baaahh humbug.

  • Riyansi Kumara 4 months ago

    Very interesting video

  • Emix Moto&Tech 4 months ago

    Quanta Bellezza😍

  • Fred Smith 4 months ago

    And imagine, things like this will become even more frequent with climate change.

  • Neury 4 months ago

    we went through a similar situation here in Brazil the rain takes a long time to come and when it comes it is a lot at once

  • crony clasic 4 months ago

    👍🌹Super!
    Ima li komataca?