Restore The Land

“The country is sick. It’s in pain. It’s thirsty.” - Bruce Pascoe
I think many of us have been at a loss to articulate the deep feeling of heaviness yet also the beautiful expressions of community, camaraderie & hope that has come from the catastrophe Australia (and the rest of our planet) is facing.
Smoke from above Kangaroo Island
Burned land and thick smoke over Kangaroo Island, Australia, on Jan. 9. (NASA Earth Observatory)
@amy.gerard I think put it best. 
“I once read that a beautiful way to honour someone else’s loss is to truly cherish what you have. By not feeling guilty for it or apologizing for it but by breathing in with sincere gratitude and out with total reverence. Whilst considering those who have lost what you have you also show them that you know the value and importance of it whilst never taking it for granted.”
We have been taking our planet for granted though. 
“Since European settlement, over 90 million hectares of land across Australia has been cleared, threatening species and the productivity of farmlands. Climate change will only exacerbate the impact with reduced rainfall, increased temperatures, droughts and more frequent extreme weather events.” - Greening Australia 
Cantik Swimwear respects and acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation as the First Peoples and Traditional Custodians of the land and waterways on which our home & office stands. We pay deep reverence to the Elders past, present and emerging, for they hold the memories, the traditions and the culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across the nation. 
Over the past few years, we have supported a number of charities and it is through our partnership with I=Change that we have chosen Greening Australia as our newest charity partner to work towards restoring the environmental degradation felt since European settlement.  
“Greening Australia aims to restore 330,000 hectares of native trees across Australia by 2030. Drawing on the expert input of Traditional Owners, scientists and local land managers, we will plant 500 million trees and shrubs to store carbon, create quality habitat for native wildlife, and restore degraded farmland. These 500 million trees and shrubs will absorb over 1.3 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year by 2030, and reduce atmospheric carbon pollution.
This is one of the world’s largest and most ambitious ecological restoration programs.
Left side of image is green displaying the I=Change logo & icon of Australia, copy says "Restore the land Replant our natural habitat" Right side is an image of a tree seedling sprouting from barren dry land
With every sale, we donate $1 to one of three causes. We’d love it if you do shop with us, you join us in helping to restore the land. We also ask that you only shop if you were already planning to & perhaps consider just donating directly to @wildliferescuesc who need funds to purchase food, water & veterinary services for the precious wildlife who have survived the fires. This is where we have also decided to send our direct donation.
“Right now when we need nature most, we are destroying it faster than ever” -George Monbiot
Below are some great resources so we can continue to educate ourselves & help to actively change the crises the planet is facing:
A Green New Deal 
Living A Zero Waste Life & Treading More Gently On The Planet

Dark Emu 
Aboriginal Australia & The Birth of Agriculture 

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