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Water. Clean, fresh flowing water. Indigenous cultures the world over have known forever that water is the precious, sustaining source of life, health and vitality. It was there at the beginning, our beginning. But it wasn’t the spirit moving across the waters; most likely, it was volcanic vents in the deep, collaborating with primordial oceans to create the conditions for life to spring into being.
The ancient Chinese also knew water as power. ‘Weak’, shapeless, it overcame the ‘strong’. Flowing, it hollowed mountains to create valleys and shaped landscapes. It shaped us as well, in iterative cycles of ice-age and thaw and global water cycles which have steered evolution and human migration and settlement. As we’ve become more and more detached from the natural environment as a species, clean fresh water has become taken for granted: it’s literally on tap. But water and our relationship to it is connected to all the natural systems and like them, it’s in decline. And even in cultures and traditions where water or specific waterways are held to be deeply sacred such as the Ganges in India, pollution is so extreme the water is now toxic. Throughout history, water has been symbolically used as ritual cleansing, purification, symbolic of life, but it’s becoming so dense with plastic and other debris that life in the oceans and rivers is on the brink worldwide.
Microplastics have been found in the atmosphere, in rain, and social media is littered with images of ocean-creatures dead from starvation because their stomachs were full of plastic. There are a lot of similarities to the current COVID-19 crisis. This crisis is in a sense invisible to us individually – but it’s worldwide, spreading fast; it’s everywhere and will affect everyone and there is a tipping point past which stepping back becomes impossible. But it also is an opportunity for change, for collective strength and will and positive practical action now.
We are excited to partner with Tangaroa Blue for this next concert. Tangaroa Blue is an organisation with resources and activities Australia-wide focused on volunteer-based clean up of ocean debris and fostering awareness. It’s a great chance for really engaging with this issue practically by participating in some clean ups when possible, donating any concert revenue to their activities, and through our project, fostering social awareness.
It’s also an opportunity for Dreambox Collective to creatively explore our personal relationship with water and to explore another culture’s relationship to it as a way of deepening our own.
Artists in this project
Guest speaker: Mathilde Gordon, Tangaroa Blue
Mathilde’s passion for environmental protection comes from growing surrounded by nature. Having always lived by the ocean, this has led to her pursuit of a range of different activities like scuba-diving and kayaking, opening her eyes to not only the beauty that lies beneath the surface, but also the environmental pressures that the world’s oceans face.
Mathilde started volunteering for the Tangaroa Blue Foundation in 2014 whilst she was studying Zoology at James Cook University. She was shocked at the amount of rubbish picked up off the Australian coastline, and in 2016 decided to start living single-use plastic-free. In 2018, she and a friend kayaked over 2,000km from Alaska to Vancouver Island to raise awareness of marine debris. They completed the expedition single-use plastic-free and raised $20,000 for ocean conservation organisations. Mathilde is now a Project Officer for Tangaroa Blue, where she coordinates clean-up and source reduction events for the Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI). Her passion for data collection means that she’s often at the sorting table at clean-ups, entering marine debris items into the AMDI database. In her spare time she is currently delving into the world of sailing, a potential new obsession!