Central Victorian Ecology

News and Views on Nature- Doug Ralph

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Colin Tudge is delighted with three small words of harmony. Soil, Soul, Society by Satish Kumar. Leaping Hare Press, 2013. ISBN: 9781782400448
Satish Kumar’s title – Soil, Soul, Society – could hardly be more sparse; yet it represents, he says, a “distillation” of his own lifetime’s thinking and that of his heroes – and the three small words are all we really need to put the world to rights. For our aim should be – should it not? – to create harmony in the world; and this must be achieved at three levels. As individuals and as a species we need to move away from our anthropocentricity – for “humans have come to believe that they are separate from Nature and above Nature” – and to see ourselves once more as part of Nature; and this is the notion symbolised by ‘soil’. Continue reading

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Something is amiss and we can’t quite put our finger on what. It seems that the further our society progresses, the more disenfranchised we feel. The hyper-connectivity of social media (which has its own potential) leaves us cold and over-informed, saturated with unwanted information and more aware than ever of the injustices of the world. It seems that the more virtually connected we get, the more disconnected we become, both from each other but also from our communities. I believe that a necessary backlash to this trend is a large-scale reconnection with nature that has the ability to transcend previous environmental movements and reshape our world. Moreover, I believe this undercurrent is gaining momentum and influencing every element of our lives. It’s a revolution of belonging. Continue reading

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“So many indigenous people have said to me that the fundamental difference between Western and indigenous ways of being is that even the most open-minded westerners generally view listening to the natural world as a metaphor, as opposed to the way the world really is. Trees and rocks and rivers really do have things to say to us.”

―Derrick Jensen, What We Leave Behind

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OASES-transformative learning for sustainable living

Individuals come to OASES to gain a better understanding of their relationship with the world and how to live truly sustainable lives. Additionally all types of organisations support OASES, companies, public authorities and not-for-profit groups. They send their staff to develop the talent to create better more sustainable outcomes in their businesses and communities. No matter what their age or background, people find OASES an inspiration and a pathway to a more sustainable and satisfying way of life. http://www.oases.edu.au/

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Gerry Gill explains how this map has captured his interest and how it and other objects and documents held in collections around the state can be used to tell stories that are relevant to our imagined future. The map can locate human stories of Aborigines, Europeans, both colonial and contemporary into the stories of the land told over geological time.