Our growing demand for food, the disregard for food wastage, and general environmental degradation is exhausting Country, laying it to waste. The food practices of First Australian peoples enabled them to sustain productivity, to nurture country, nurture their bodies, nurture their spirits and culture for 2500 generations (and counting). In the face of these growing challenges, there is a need to include First Nations people and their knowledges of food and Country.
What does it mean to care for Country? How can changes in food production address the historical injustices of colonialism? How can we address our current and future environmental challenges by including First Australian knowledge and experiences of how to care for Country?
For all time, Country has sustained the First Nations people of this continent. The foods of this continent have been nurtured, protected, harvested and prepared and the people, the animals, the fish and birds, the soils and the forests flourished.
Drawing on the insights of David King, Gundungurra Aboriginal elder and inspirational leader of the Bushcare Group community, this seminar will focus on First Australian sustainability practices and processes, and explore issues of food wastage, food justice and the ethical and environmental challenges of food security.
This event was held at the University of Sydney on Wednesday 30 May 2018.
Thursday 17 May
In this Sydney Ideas talk, Professor Jean Lau Chin from Adelphi University in New York will examine what successful 21st century leadership should look like in our increasingly diverse and global society.
Monday 4 June
This panel will bring together speakers who make the case for the necessity of seeing climate change and inequality as entwined challenges.
Monday 2 July
This event will discuss the importance of building a new energy system that is fair to all, and what a truly progressive energy system might look like going forward.