Come walk in our beautiful park
kata djuta - central australia
In just 3 of my (74yo) lifetimes, we have ruined much of our once ‘beautiful park’ (the 230 year settler description of this continent) and, unbelievably, are increasing the rate at which we do so
If there are actions and ideas that so defy logic, analysis and/or direct experience .. then here they are .. we are deliberately destroying our earth home
Not only do we damage our own capabilities to appreciate nature and life (albeit in ideas of 'wilderness' and isolated nature-parks), we also directly damage the source of all human earth-life connection
Regardless of whether or not we collectively respect all life relationship - or merely view earth as a material resource to 'use' - the result is the same
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have lived on the land and seas around the Australian continent for more than 60,000 years. They are the First Peoples.
The rich languages, cultures and traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples represent the world’s oldest continuous cultural heritage. This unique legacy is recognised internationally and is one of the things that sets Australia apart from the rest of the world.
Those lands and waters were colonised by Europeans, who took them without treaty or consent, and Australia’s Constitution, our most important legal document, contains no acknowledgement of the First Peoples of Australia.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were not given a voice in the convention debates of the 1890s, which led to the drafting of the Constitution in 1901, and few were able to vote for it.