Towards an Ecology of Australia: Land of the Spirit

Towards an Ecology of Australia: Land of the Spirit Towards an Ecology of Australia: Land of the Spirit VERONICA BRADY Dept of English University of Western Australia Nedlands 6009, Australia Email vbrady@arts.uwa.edu.au ABSTRACT Ecology has to do with the realisation of the relationships between human beings and the larger fabric of life. But the strangeness of the Australian environment as seen by the first European settlers, together with the exploitative ideology of colonisation, have posed particular problems for the development of ecological awareness. This paper argues, however, that writers, painters and musicians have kept the possibility of developing ecological awareness open from the beginnings of settlement. It also maintains that increasing sensitivity to the significance of Aboriginal culture, the oldest living culture on earth, will be perhaps the most crucial factor in this transformation. Ecology is a difficult word to define; it is about a way of being in the world, a way Judith Wright expresses in these lines from her poem 'Rainforest': The forest drips and glows with green. The tree-frog croaks his far-off song... We cannot understand that call unless we move into his dream . where all is one and one is all and frog and python are the same. (Wright 1994: 412) But http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Worldviews Brill

Towards an Ecology of Australia: Land of the Spirit

Worldviews , Volume 3 (2): 139 – Jan 1, 1999

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© 1999 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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Towards an Ecology of Australia: Land of the Spirit VERONICA BRADY Dept of English University of Western Australia Nedlands 6009, Australia Email vbrady@arts.uwa.edu.au ABSTRACT Ecology has to do with the realisation of the relationships between human beings and the larger fabric of life. But the strangeness of the Australian environment as seen by the first European settlers, together with the exploitative ideology of colonisation, have posed particular problems for the development of ecological awareness. This paper argues, however, that writers, painters and musicians have kept the possibility of developing ecological awareness open from the beginnings of settlement. It also maintains that increasing sensitivity to the significance of Aboriginal culture, the oldest living culture on earth, will be perhaps the most crucial factor in this transformation. Ecology is a difficult word to define; it is about a way of being in the world, a way Judith Wright expresses in these lines from her poem 'Rainforest': The forest drips and glows with green. The tree-frog croaks his far-off song... We cannot understand that call unless we move into his dream . where all is one and one is all and frog and python are the same. (Wright 1994: 412) But

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