This conversation originally scheduled to take place on Tuesday 14 September was released as a podcast only, in response to COVID-19 health advice and restrictions. While it is unfortunate that we couldn't present this conversation in person we invite you to subscribe to the Wheeler Centre podcasts to hear this conversation.
As lockdowns force many of us indoors, our relationship with the natural world is more important than ever. We’ve all experienced the benefits nature can bring to our mental health and well-being. Part of Victoria Nature Festival, a panel of passionate nature-lovers will explore the many different ways we can reconnect with nature and advocate for its care.
Join speakers including Gardening Australia host Costa Georgiadis, Darug researcher and archaeologist Maddison Miller, and VicHealth CEO and public health advocate Dr Sandro Demaio, along with host and author of Fathoms: The World in the Whale Rebecca Giggs, as they discuss their personal experiences of connecting with nature, and the focus they place on action for the climate and environment in their lives and work.
They’ll also discuss the importance of ensuring environmental movements are inclusive and representative, and share tips for how we can all strengthen our connection and act for nature every day.
Presented in partnership with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and the Victoria Nature Festival project partners
The online bookseller for this event is Readings.
Costa Georgiadis is a landscape architect. His work in media began when SBS commissioned the show he co-created Costa's Garden Odyssey in 2009 and has been growing ever since as host of ABC TV's flagship Gardening Australia which he joined in 2012.
Maddison Miller is a Darug woman, researcher and archaeologist. Maddi advocates for broader acceptance and incorporation of Aboriginal knowledge systems in design, urban research and architecture. She is the co-chair of the Indigenous Advisory Group to the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub of the National Environmental Science Program. She was an inaugural participant of the Joan Kirner Young and Emerging Women Leaders Program. In 2019, she was the first Indigenous delegate of Australia at the UNESCO World Heritage Meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Dr Sandro Demaio is a medical doctor, a globally-renowned public health expert and advocate, and the CEO of VicHealth. Having held the role of Medical Officer for non-communicable conditions and nutrition with the Department of Nutrition for Health and Development at the World Health Organization, Dr Demaio was previously the CEO of the EAT Foundation, the science-based, global platform for food systems transformation.
Rebecca Giggs is a writer from Perth, Western Australia. Her work has appeared in Best Australian Essays, Best Australian Science Writing, Granta, the Atlantic, the New York Times Magazine, and Griffith Review. Rebecca's non-fiction focuses on how people connect with animals in a time of technological and ecological change. Her debut book is Fathoms: The World in the Whale.