I attended this conference in Bendigo 4th November 2014. The video is worth watching.
“How are we, as humans, going to adapt to life on Earth? An odd question when we have been so spectacularly successful.As with many evolutionary misfits before us, it’s the scale of our success that is causing the destruction of our habitat.” Freya Mathews Adjunct Professor of Environmental Philosophy at La Trobe University, where she co-coordinates Environmental Culture Research.
Australia 2014 is STILL building barrier fences to keep ‘vermin’ i.e. emus out of agricultural areas, directly across the bird’s migration route, the same bird that’s on our Coat of Arms! Working with the character if the country is the obvious direction agriculture and governments should take, not simply altering a landscape to suit a market need.
“This example from Western Australia corresponds with what’ is seen by many as a growing trend for governments in Australia to defend their land-use decisions by ignoring, dismissing or contradicting existing robust research on ecological impacts of particular activities (see, e.g. Fitzsimons 2012; Lindenmayer 2013).”