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Video: Caring for Basins Beyond Reform with Australian Scientist John Williams

It’s time to stop playing around with reform, says renowned Austrialian water scientist John Williams.  

Video by Aaron Jaffe for Circle of Blue

The former Chief of Land and Water for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation discusses the impossible decisions Australians must make to bring water use in line with capacity. It’s time to have courage and recognize the social and political consequences of irresponsible water use, he says.

Williams asserts the resilience of the Australian landscape, but emphasizes the spiritual trauma European-Australians have exacted upon their indigenous counterparts. Aborigines are much more in tune with the water’s cycles, Williams recognizes — an attitude he believes the rest of the nation needs to learn.

Video by Aaron Jaffe, reach him at For a complete list of credits, acknowledgements and other resources related to Circle of Blue’s coverage of “The Biggest Dry” please click here.

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