The Koala and a native sense of place: the urgent need for a distinctively Australian environmental ethic (Written in the year 2000 for a QLD Koala Conference; 17 years later, nothing has changed. See: The Guardian: Jan 16 2017, Koalas are at the centre of a perfect storm, the species is slipping away . Abstract
Tierracide = Earth murder. The deliberate desolation of the Earth such that it can no longer support life and life-support processes. To be distinguished from ‘Ecocide’ which is the destruction of ecosystems.
The etymological origins of the word ‘mourning’ come from the Greek language, mermeros related to ‘a state of being worried’ and its meaning is associated with being troubled and to grieve. Perhaps we should expand the psychoterratic typology beyond an established term such as ‘ecoanxiety’ to include a concept like ‘mermerosity’ or what I would define as
The anxiety that is felt in the face of the threat of the increasing frequency and severity of extreme weather events is something that people in diverse and far-flung parts of the world now, unfortunately, have in common. Such ‘meteoranxiety’ is exacerbated now that we have 24/7 ‘weather channels’ and satellite-based predictive capacity that deliver
There is a scene in the film Avatar where the human Jake Sully (in avatar Na’vi form) and the native Pandoran, Neytiri intertwine their prehensile, braided, pony tails or ‘queues’. As these queues are extensions of their neural systems they can be used for communication, collaboration and connection with other Na’vi, different species and the
Many traditional cultures and their indigenous languages have words for home-heart-environment relationships, however, it is interesting to note that modern English has very few. I created the concept of ‘solastalgia’ to fill this void and to give expression in the English language to a fundamentally important relationship between people, communities and their home environment. I
Solar power puts us back in tune with the solar flux. When the sun shines and solar power is being produced in real time, we work in synergy with the sun and can use machines that use electrical power to get things done … for nothing (the power is free). If we have
As opposed to being anthropocentric or human-centred, to be sumbiocentric means that one is taking into account the harmony of interests in the total symbioment. The aim is to maximise symbiotic ‘unity-in-diversity’ and to hold that state of affairs for as long as possible. Sumbiocentrism is a philosophical position that posits maintaining diversity and harmony
Jenny Brown’s Video and text for The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Symbiocene. Exiting The Anthropocene and Entering The Symbiocene.
In the incandescent glare of artificial light, the deafening roar of the anthrophony and the suffocation of earth smells, a universe of nocturnal experience is lost to us. We are blinded by the light, the sounds of life are silenced by decibels and the olfactory has been shut down. A whole cosmos of experience is sequestered from