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01 Philosophical and Practical Ecology

Australia-Pacific. Observatory.

Caring for Country

Philosophical and Practical Ecology
02 Caring for Country

Our. Aim.

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.

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03 New Geological and Social Age

The. Anthropocene.

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.

Conserve the Environment
04 Holistic Philosophy and Ecology

Caring. for. Country.

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.

“The forefront of efforts to disseminate the importance of the scholarly field
of environmental humanities.”

Austrlia-Pacific Observatory's main hub: University of Sydney.

06 Contributors & Researchers

Scholars. and. Community. Members.

Bashford, Alison
Alison Bashford
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Bird-Rose, Deborah
Deborah Bird-Rose
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Bristow, Thomas (Tom)
Thomas (Tom) Bristow
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Cohen, Margaret
Margaret Cohen
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de Bérigny, Caitilin
Caitilin de Bérigny
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Ford, Tom
Tom Ford
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Frawley, Jodi
Jodi Frawley
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Gaynor, Andrea
Andrea Gaynor
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Goodall, Heather
Heather Goodall
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Griffiths, Tom
Tom Griffiths
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Hawkins, Gay
Gay Hawkins
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Head, Lesley
Lesley Head
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Lui-Chivizhe, Leah
Leah Lui-Chivizhe
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Matthews, Freya
Freya Matthews
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McCalman, Iain
Iain McCalman
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Newell, Jennifer
Jennifer Newell
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Philp, Jude
Jude Philp
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Probyn, Elspeth
Elspeth Probyn
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Rangan, Haripriya
Haripriya Rangan
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Rigby, Kate
Kate Rigby
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Robin, Libby
Libby Robin
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Schlosberg, David
David Schlosberg
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Van Dooren, Thom
Thom Van Dooren
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Wehner, Kirsten
Kirsten Wehner
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Williams, Linda
Linda Williams
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Wodak, Josh
Josh Wodack
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