The climate change discussion has been deadlocked in this country for decades. So for this year’s Di Gribble Argument, we’re not presenting a debate — instead, we’re proposing the radical act of listening. Three essays by Bruce Pascoe (author of Dark Emu), Victor Steffensen (author of Fire Country) and Teila Watson (aka Ancestress) offer three different generational perspectives on climate management and caring for Country. Each writer will speak from a body of knowledge that has beensilenced since invasion. First Nations responses to 2020’s bushfires and the pandemic offer yet more opportunities to reimagine how we rebuild in a radically different time, but are our political leaders smart enough to listen?
On Sunday 28 March 2021, a full day of events will be held at the Malthouse Outdoor Stage featuring a broad range of First Nations speakers discussing and reflecting on the ideas raised in the three essays. Through panels, performance and music, the events and essays will encourage multi-generational public dialogue that empowers individuals to engage with environmental action.
The Di Gribble argument 2021 — essays
Brave Old World
Bruce Pascoe reasserts the essential and urgent need to prioritise First Nations knowledge systems, painting a bold vision for the future of agriculture and the vast environmental and economic benefits of caring for Country.
The Planet is Us
'Dusk Country' artwork by Elizabeth Close – Pitjantjatjara, Yankunytjatjara
Mother Nature has a language. I know this is true because the old people showed me how to listen and read the signs on the land. They would tell me to take notice of everything around us because she is always…
The Intrinsic Connections Between Ecocide and Genocide
Artwork by Teila Watson (aka Ancestress)
During the last 233 years the colonial project called “australia” has been existing as a continuous process of killing, dispossession, myth-making, othering, fear, hate, systemic disempowerment and profound trauma. Often people make the mistakes of either questioning the facts of history and the present…