Wolli Creek

World Forest Day was yesterday. I missed it, which shows just how on the lookout you have to be for these major days designed to raise community awareness.  Google have done something great to mark World Forest Day by putting together a Google Street View of the Amazon River. With a couple of clicks you can join a speed boat as it cruises down the Amazon, stop where you want, look up, look down.  I’ve done it & it’s great. I’m a real fan of Street view as it allows me to travel & look at street trees & other things around the world.  There are similar similar apps for ipad.

The other thing you can do on this webpage is stand in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest & see what you would see if you were actually standing there & do a 360 degree turn.  I’ve only known two people who have actually been to the Amazon.  They would say that virtual is nowhere near the same as physical, but I’ll take what I can.

You can also have a few seconds of mindless fun because the coloured balls at the top of the webpage move if you put your curser in them. http://googleblog.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/visit-amazon-on-world-forest-day-with.html

Then you may want to have a look at the work being done by Amazon Watch as there are some pretty horrible things happening there with indigenous people being forced to leave the forest, other indigenous tribes fighting the loss of the forest through logging & gross environmental contamination by oil company Chevron, as well as the Belo Monte Dam.  Amazon Watch have all sorts of campaigns going so you may want to send an email, send an e-card or sign a petition to help the indigenous people save the ‘lungs of the world.’  http://amazonwatch.org/

Closer to home, part of Wolli Creek is under threat with the RTA considering a ‘cut & cover’ tunnel to extend the M5 Motorway.  Wolli Creek is the most significant piece of bushland in the Inner west & many in the community have been working hard to preserve & re-vegetate it.  The area is crucial habitat for urban wildlife, including the endangered Grey-Headed Flying Fox.  Contact details of Wolli Creek Preservation Society are in my blogroll.  The link is an old article from 2010, but it discusses what is planned & has a map of where the works will be.  http://smh.drive.com.au/roads-and-traffic/motorway-mows-down-proposal-to-preserve-lungs-of-south-sydney-20101102-17cdm.html

The small urban forest of old Monteray Pines at Pine Park Dolls Point on the shore of Botany Bay has to be experienced. It's a stunning place filled with birds. I love it.