Caring for Country
The Australia- Pacific Observatory aims to explore and translate the concept of ‘caring for country’, a unique tradition of philosophical and practical ecology that has been espoused and practiced by Indigenous Australians and Islanders for centuries.Visit Observatory Website
The urgency of this Observatory's mission derives from an increasing public realization that our globe has within the last two centuries entered a new geological and social age, the Anthropocene, in which humans have for the first time begun to influence planetary change, and can no longer claim to exist outside of nature.
We aim as a result to undertake a research program, which honors and explores the significance of a unique contribution that our region can offer to the emerging global field of environmental humanities during a time of massively accelerating change.
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The holistic philosophy and ecology of ‘caring for country’ has been practiced by Indigenous Australians and Islanders for many centuries, and, we wish to bring it into conversation with Western environmental traditions, believing that it has a powerful wider relevance to our modern nation and region, as well as to other parts of the world.
The concept of ‘Caring for Country’ has long been and remains a pivot of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander life, an ethic that sees humans as belonging to rather than outside their natural world, and tasked with unavoidable responsibility for nurturing that world.
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Austrlia-Pacific Observatory's main hub: University of Sydney.