The Sierra Club believes that national parks and areas like my own cannot be effectively defended if they do not build up a constituency of political support by allowing more and more visitors to enjoy them. In other words, we need to degrade our … [Read more...] about Do Tourists Degrade National Parks?
THE Victorian Premier, John Brumby, has waited until New Year’s Eve to announce the end of timber harvesting and grazing in 83,000 hectares of red gum forest in the Central Murray Valley in north western Victoria, Australia. The creation of new … [Read more...] about No ‘Happy New Year’ for Koalas in the Central Murray Valley
ON Monday, the first day of summer here in Australia, residents of the little town of Barmah in northwestern Victoria, drove cattle into their forest in defiance of a government ban. The Department of Sustainability and Environment has threatened … [Read more...] about Cattle Still in the Barmah Forest
THERE has been much written about Australia’s national character emerging from a bush ethos: the idea that a specifically Australian outlook emerged first amongst workers in the Australian outback. Banjo Paterson, perhaps more than any other writer, … [Read more...] about Campaigning for National Parks is Against Australian’s Bush Ethos: Part 1, Buying Back Tooralee
We have an enlargement of this image printed on stretched canvas, hanging on the wall of our living room. In its abundance and purity, water underpins the richness of our rainforest home and this image beautifully captures the celebrity of its most … [Read more...] about Impressions of humanity in wilderness
"An infamous media type said, 'In essence we're a conceited naked ape but in our mind we're a divine legend and we see ourselves as some sort of God that we can walk around the earth deciding who will live and die and what will be destroyed and … [Read more...] about What is Wilderness? (Part 3)