This is very significant step towards recognising and granting legal rights to the earth and getting ecocide recognised as a crime against nature and humanity. Recognising the agency of the more-than-human world (nature) and granting legal rights to entities such as rivers and to ecosystems is essential to protecting and sustaining sacred connections.
Ground is what lies beneath our feet. It is the place where we already stand; a state of recognition, the place or the circumstances to which we belong whether we wish to or not. It is what holds and supports us, but also what we do not want to be true; it is what challenges us, physically or psychologically, irrespective of our hoped for needs. It is the living, underlying foundation that tells us what we are, where we are, what season we are in and what, no mater what we wish in the abstract, is about to happen in our body, in the world or in the conversation between the two.
David Whyte, from ‘Consolations‘
An important episode of Living Black which reveals the extent of de-listing of Indigenous heritage sites by the Western Australian Government:
This episode also includes footage of the Lurujarri Dreaming Trail and interviews with Goolarabooloo Traditional owners regarding the legacy that they seek to carry on in the face of industrial development of their ancestral lands.
A very important and provocative article published in yesterday’s The Guardian online: What if Aboriginal people helped all Australians to connect to country?