Stewardship of Country, presented by the Royal Societies of Australia and Inspiring Victoria, is a series of three virtual events. We aim to generate a discussion of landscape and environmental stewardship that bridges Indigenous, agricultural, scientific, economic and social perspectives with supporting ideas for practical action and public good. We seek to contribute to a new model for the management of the Australian landscape so that our natural systems are conserved and regenerated for the benefits of future generations.
Stewardship describes a deep relationship between people and place. In modern Australia, it is often proposed as the next step of transition for a culture that is emerging from a colonial, extractive relationship to the landscape. The transition to stewardship may require we reorganise around the unique characteristics of the country, undertake significant regeneration of damaged ecosystems and deprioritise constant economic growth in favour of an enduring sufficiency gathered from an abundant and biologically diverse environment.
Our summer bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted a need for a new way forward. This series poses the question – who are we as Australians becoming when faced with an increasingly unpredictable and challenging future?
Stewardship of Country will be conducted online as a Zoom webinar and will be livestreamed on the Facebook pages of the Royal Societies of Australia and Royal Society of Victoria free of charge; registration is open to those who would like to submit questions and engage in the session as audience members.