The Indigenous peoples of Australia had many methods of managing the harsh climate. In his novel Dark Emu, Bruce Pascoe explores pre-colonial agricultural practices with new insight. Climate Scientist Tim Flannery joins Bruce to discuss early forms of land management as described in the records and diaries of Colonial explorers. They will also consider what we can learn from these practices today.

Related links: Science, History, Ancient Australia, Geography, Agriculture

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Bruce Pascoe (Australian)

Bruce Pascoe

Bruce Pascoe is an award-winning writer and a Yuin, Bunurong and Tasmanian man. Author of the acclaimed Dark Emu, Bruce is also a board member of First Languages Australia and professor of Indigenous knowledge at the University of Technology Sydney. In 2018, he was named Dreamtime Person of the Year. Salt is a collection of his most celebrated stories and essays, which explore his enduring fascination with Australia’s landscape, culture and history.

Tim Flannery (Australian)

Tim Flannery

Tim Flannery is a palaeontologist, explorer and conservationist. He is a leading writer on climate change and the 2007 Australian of the Year. His books include the award-winning international bestseller The Weather Makers, The Future Eaters, Here on Earth and Atmosphere of Hope. He is currently chief councillor of the Climate Council. His latest book is Europe: A Natural History.

Jamila Rizvi (Australian)

Jamila Rizvi

Jamila is author of the bestselling Not Just Lucky, a career manifesto for millennial women, and The Motherhood, an anthology of letters about life with a newborn. She is Editor-at-Large of the Nine Network’s Future Women, a regular commentator on The Project, Today, The Drum, Q&A, an occasional host on ABC Melbourne radio and co-founder of the popular event series Tea with Jam and Clare. In 2015 she was named as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence by The Australian Financial Review. Prior to entering the media Jamila worked in politics for Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Minister for Women, Kate Ellis.