Learning about Location in a Climate of Change
Public Pedagogies Institute Online Seminar Series, Thursday 1 October 2020.
The 2019/2020 bushfire disaster and COVID-19 have been instigators of radical changes to place and the ways we relate to location. In this period of significant ecological and social stress, these two events have highlighted the fragile nature of local environments and our relationships with them. Many of us are experiencing built and natural spaces in new ways and experiencing the blurring of boundaries between public and private.
As a collective of climate change educators, we wondered:
- What has changed and what has remained in how we experience location over the last year?
- How have COVID and the Bushfires impacted our experiences of place?
- How and in what ways are we learning about location and connection to natural environments through these events?
Pre seminar task
Our collective storylines
Below are the collective storylines created by participants during the Seminar.
Bron’s group: a padlet
Gen’s group: poetry
Thirsty for new possibilities
New elders to guide our way
Surrender to unmanicured dynamics
Out of our control
Becoming, reclamation, resilience
The Human spirit
The Cactus spirit
The Virus spirit
The Earth spirit
I noticed the absence of aircraft in the sky
Thirsty for normalcy but for somethings that are new
Waters are calm but impending -feeling of something will happen
Notion of human control is drastically changed
“It is a serious thing just to be alive on this fresh morning in this broken world” – Mary Oliver
Meg’s group: poetry
A courtyard tree
A bunch of lemons
A miniature pony
A camping ground
A roughened barked tree
Ducks and masks
Dissonance between Fahrenheit and Celsius
Dissonance between human and natural and human world
The natural world is still doing its great big thing
The fact that we are more contained means we may have moved back to a different rhythm
Changing scale, changing sense of time
We notice it more
Movement and connecting to space
Quietness of tone,
Reflective, taking time to pause, look and appreciate,
The current capacity of nature to continually regenerate?
Peta’s group: Collage
Collage of pictures to illustrate temporality with word phrases to help speak to the images and highlight our theme of noticing.
Because we are here…connecting inside outside.
Connecting with life, the cycle of life.
This place was once burnt by grassfires but now it’s grown back
Questions of life, death, sickness, & strength
The continuum of time – past, present and future.
Receding glaciers in Iceland – A constant and a change
Beauty that reminds me of home
This is a timeless desert in Namibia – out of time – ever changing yet never changing
Bees collecting pollen and nectar in Spring like they do every year at this time
The dead and the exchange of matter between stateds
The seminar was created and presented by CCEN members Bronwyn Sutton, Gen Blades, Meg Upton and Peta White for the Public Pedagogies Institute Online Seminar Series Public Pedagogies of Location.
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