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How do we care for water?

Aviva Reed

How do we care for water? How do we care for the essence of life that makes us, that shapes us and holds our turbid hearts in ransom to its full bursting and thirst quenching breath of oxygen rich gulping air.

How do we care the very alive and aware water? Water is alive.

Carrying with it its memories in molecules, a momentum of ebbing tides, of thunderstorms and rainbow rain showers. …. Crashing waves of saline sway, like tears that clean and plasma that feeds… a trickle that wraps its elemental stories in its ability to be fluid and flow. Flow with the breezes that it shapes and mouths that taste it.

 Shaping riverbanks, being shaped by riverbanks, water moves from mountainous forests that make rain from high pressure systems of mist and moisture into grounds of basins and oceans of whales and molluscs.

 How can we care for water? Keep forests in the ground.

 From headwaters alpine, into snow melt that becomes saline… waterfalls with valley’s eroding gullies, silty solutions of salty minerals, ravines built from crystals, erosion weathering the stone down.

 Riverbanks needs trees and sedges, lomandra’s and grasses….diverse life along edges, where rivers meets land…roots  that cling the rocks together. Plant more riparian trees.

 How do we care for water? How do we keep it clean for all life’s thirst, with no rubbish and plastics and pollutions in the dirt. We carefully think about our choices.

 How do we care for the life force we rely upon, the precious drops of liquid, ice and mist that rotate and shift and turn and weave, building and creating life from the inert.

 How do we care for water?

Evolutionary Thought

Aviva Reed

What can we learn from billions of years of being part of an evolving ecosystem?


In telling stories of evolution we recognise our complicity, our context, our connectedness, our unity with everything as a writhing, chemical concoction. Evolution is a driving force, a verb of process that weaves chemical cocktails into material entities and simultaneously unravels known certainties into potential futures made up of our ancestral legacies. It helps us recognize that the very first living lifeform is still alive in each and everything that is metabolizing, from bacteria to human. Through a process of reflection and re-situating, an embrace of messy complexity becomes a beautiful unfolding emergence of possibility. Evolution is a unifying concept that reflects the multidisciplinary nature of science. It integrates information from the domains of biology, geology, chemistry, archeology, genetics and ecology. Evolution is driven by changes in the variation of genes due to mutations, sex, recombination and gene flow. The outcomes includes organisms and their ability to adapt, co- evolve, co- operate, speciate and to become extinct. The outcome is also a rich matrix of relationships.

Storying our lives with narratives has been a long time cultural practice for building scaffoldings of support and comfort, a way to know, and get to know ourselves, in our worlds for our times. Through a process of reflection and re-situating, an embrace of messy complexity becomes a beautiful unfolding emergence of possibility. The stories we tell shape who we are and who we become, which beckons the question, why do we not tell more stories of our evolutionary lives? Of our ancestral beginnings and becomings?  

Exploring the story of evolution can be scary. Filled with mystery and voids of deep time, it takes a giant leap into an eternal earthquake of change, a seismic tremor of existential awe.  But, it is in this space of wonder and mystery, that a gentle holding of all things, ourselves as all things, can seep into our being, a momentary appreciation of change as a beautiful sculpting force. Only through the expansion of our imagination attempting to grapple with these immense scales and processes, temporally and spatially, is it  possible to attempt the imagining of our own molecular memory: that “our bones were once stone, and our air cycled our eons, shared with our ancestors”. Through these grandiose projections of self into a unifying concept of evolution, can real re-situating of self into a present of interconnection and interrelated life become.

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The beauty of evolutionary stories is that they embrace the rigorous, robust science of ecology, whilst also placing every living being into a story.  The story that is our story. Where the very first living thing is still alive in each and everything alive. Evolutionary stories evoke patterns, recognitions and connections, a blueprint similar to a multi dimensional mapping tool for gaining perspective into interconnection, biological growth and decay as nutritious decay. Evolutionary stories help us embrace the unknowns of death, by providing the poetic analogy of the chemical matrix of cycling that situates us, as alive, in an eon long cycle of recycling. It reminds us that we are the ancestors of tomorrow.