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About this book
About this book
Traces the emergence of ecological understandings in Australia. By constructing a social history with chapters focusing on different fields in the arts, sciences, politics and public life, the authors bring to life the work of significant individuals. The ecological pioneers featured include Joseph Banks, Russell Drysdale, Judith Wright, Myles Dunphy, Philip Crosbie Morrison, Vincent Serventy, Francis Ratcliffe, the Gurindji and Yolngu peoples, Bill Mollison, Jack Mundey, Val Plumwood and Michael Leunig.
1. Introduction; 2. The colonisation of Australian nature and the first stirrings of ecological thought; 3. Seeing the land in a new light: people and landscapes in Australian art; 4. Of drovers' wives and a timeless land: land and identity in Australian literature; 5. Taking nature to the public: nature education in public media; 6. Towards a conservation ethic: birth of the conservation movement; 7. Working at the edges of mainstream science: Australian innovations in ecological science; 8. Thinking like an ecosystem: Australian innovations in reconceptualising and redesigning land and resource management; 9. Challenging terra nullius views of people and nature: on the origins and impact of the Aboriginal Land Rights Movement; 10. Green politics in the wide brown land: the cross-fertilisation of wilderness politics and social justice agendas; 11. Towards a communicative ethic: some Australian contributions to ecophilosophy; 12. Conclusions.