HumanNature Series: Connection and cooperation in a time of climate change

A climate change protest image. Image by Tony Birch
Tuesday 26 February 2019 6.00pm - 7.30pm

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Level G - Theatre, Australian Museum, 1 William St, Sydney



Australian Museum & Western Sydney University

Join Aboriginal poet and novelist Tony Birch, of the Moondani Balluk Academic Centre at Victoria University, to explore the multi-layered strategic and altruistic relationships required to combat ecological destruction.

In his urgent call to arms, Birch identifies the powerful roles that Indigenous ecological knowledge, environmental activism, scholarship and creativity can play in addressing the impact of climate change, particularly on vulnerable and disempowered communities suffering human rights abuses as a direct result. No less pressing, he argues, is the acceptance of personal responsibility towards forming respectful and humble relationships with country and the planet.

6.00pm: Welcome drink and refreshments.

6.30pm: Talk and Q&A


Professor Tony Birch is a poet, short story writer and novelist, the current Bruce McGuinness Professorial Research Fellow in the Moondani Balluk Academic Centre at Victoria University, and in 2017, became the first indigenous writer to win the Patrick White Award. Tony has published key academic articles and essays concerning Climate Justice, Protection of Country and Indigenous Rights, and is currently researching and writing a book titled `The dead are the imagination of the living’: climate justice and connectivity.

What is the HumanNature Series?

In this landmark series of talks, the Australian Museum is proud to host a stellar line up of leading Australian and international scholars.

They will share with us their insights from history, literature, philosophy, anthropology and art to examine the significant interplay between the humanities and the environmental crisis we face today, including climate change, biodiversity loss and a wide range of other issues.