Black and Green (The Wheeler Centre) [Melbourne]
Black and Green (The Wheeler Centre) [Melbourne]

Event Information

Date/Time

Monday May 8, 2017
6:15 PM

Location

The Wheeler Centre
176 Little Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Australia

Auslan Interpreter/s

Daniel Hately

Language/ Cultural Consultant

Tickets

Limited Auslan tickets are available. For booking information, call 03 9094 7800

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Limited Auslan tickets are available. For booking information, call 03 9094 7800

When the environmental movement emerged in Australia in the 1970s, many saw an obvious alliance between activists and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. There seemed to be broad agreement on one major principle: the natural environment should not be subject to thoughtless destruction.

But these relationships have also often played out with tension – complicated by disagreements on issues from fire management to mining sites and the contested idea of ‘wilderness’. In her 2012 Boyer Lecture, Indigenous writer and anthropologist Marcia Langton denounced ‘the refusal among the romantics, leftists and worshippers of nature to admit that Aboriginal people, like other humans, have an economic life … and have economic rights’.

In this panel discussion, we’ll explore the history of the sometimes tense, often constructive and always evolving relationship between the environmental movement and Indigenous Australia.

A new book, Unstable Relations, explores the past and present of this sometimes tense, often constructive and always evolving relationship. Join its co-editor, anthropologist Eve Vincent, Indigenous climate change activist Amelia Telford and contributor Jon Altman in conversation with host Tony Birch.

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