Across the world, Australia is a beacon of unique biodiversity and rich natural resources, yet its land, water and wildlife are devastatingly mismanaged. Four environmental experts join ABC Radio’s Philip Clark to share an urgent call for change.
Richard Beasley was the senior counsel assisting for the Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission, and his new book Dead in the Water explores that environmental catastrophe. Bruce Pascoe, author of Dark Emu and co-author of Loving Country, has been recovering Indigenous agricultural practices, helping to reshape how we manage Australian land. Victor Steffensen specialises in using traditional knowledge for environmental wellbeing, and his book Fire Country calls for the revival of cultural burning practices and improved ‘reading’ of Country. Rebecca Giggs’ creative and scholarly writing focuses on themes of ecology and environmental imagination, animals, landscape, the uncanny, politics and memory. Her debut narrative non-fiction book is Fathoms.
When it comes to restoring our land of plenty, there’s plenty of work to do – and quickly.