This talk was presented on 26 February 2019 as the first in the Australian Museum's 2019 HumanNature series. The series runs until November – see the full program here.
HumanNature: Connection and cooperation in a time of climate change
In his urgent call to action, Birch identifies the powerful roles that First Nations ecological knowledge, environmental activism, scholarship and creativity can play in addressing the impact of climate change, particularly on vulnerable and disempowered communities suffering human rights abuses as a direct result.
No less pressing, he argues, is the acceptance of personal responsibility towards forming respectful and humble relationships with country and the planet.
This landmark lecture series offers a range of talks by leading international and Australian scholars in the Environmental Humanities. It will draw on insights from history, literature, philosophy, anthropology and related disciplines and explore the important role humanities can play in addressing some of the most pressing environmental challenges of our day.
About Tony Birch
Poet, short story writer and novelist, Professor Tony Birch is the current Bruce McGuinness Professorial Research Fellow in the Moondani Balluk Academic Centre at Victoria University, and in 2017, became the first indigenous writer to win the Patrick White Award. Tony has published key academic articles and essays concerning Climate Justice, Protection of Country and Indigenous Rights, and is currently researching and writing a book titled, The Dead are the Imagination of the Living: Climate Justice and Connectivity.