Hi all. I’m posting this link to an article I’ve just had published in the Plumwood Mountain Journal of Ecopoetry and Ecopoetics because it’s clearly relevant to the topics of non-nativist landcare and Flood Creek.
You can read the whole article by following this link:
It is an exploration of several themes which emerged during my engagement with the subject ‘Human Ecology’–an integral part of the Ecological Agriculture degree at Charles Sturt University. These themes include human ecology, ecological agriculture, nativism, ecosysnthesis, rewilding, auto-rewilding and the anthropocene. The assigned task was based on Laura Sewall’s five tenets of Ecological Perception(1).
The Human Ecology subject encouraged students to utilise creativity whilst interacting with a living organism or place. It was an opportunity to investigate our personal subjectivity and ecological connectivity in an intuitive and expressive mode, allowing wide-ranging and interdisciplinary reflections to emerge. This mode of investigation can be contrasted with the more ‘objective’ and reductive methods of the ecological (and non-ecological) sciences utilised in other subjects of the Ecological Agriculture degree.
Throughout the degree, a strong emphasis was placed on the need to integrate these two modes of scientific investigation(2)–the reductive and the holistic–to facilitate ecologically informed approaches to agricultural endeavour(3).
Today, I’m full of admiration for the academics involved in creating this learning opportunity. I’m sure it was not an easy task. Further descriptions and justifications for the degree and its various subjects can be accessed via the references section of the article.
In this perilous era of human existence many voices call for new perspectives and new approaches in agriculture and elsewhere. These will not emerge without opportunities for creative exploration of possible alternatives. Hats off to those who labour to provide those opportunities.
(1) Raman, Anantanarayanan (2013). Linking Holistic and Reductionist Approaches: Teaching of the Undergraduate Subject Introduction to Ecological Agriculture The Agricultural Education Magazine, 85 (4), 22-24
(2) Sewall, L. (1995). The skill of ecological perception. In T. Roszak, M. Gomes, & A. Kaunder (Eds.), Ecopsychology: restoring the earth, healing the mind. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books.
(3) Cochrane, Kerry (2007). Artistic Expression as a Means of Creating Holistic Thinkers in the Bachelor of Ecological Agriculture International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, 3 (1), 63-70