Victor Steffensen

in conversation with Steve O'Malley
Indigenous fire knowledge and land management practice – a sustainable way of life and an innovative approach to climate change’s catastrophic bushfire

‘You can’t tell our children that all the emus will be gone …’

This is a conversation between Victor Steffensen, an Indigenous writer, filmmaker, musician and consultant and Steve O’Malley, a fire-fighter of 30+ years.

Indigenous land management is based on prevention, and working with the land and the elements.  In contrast, so much human response to extreme weather events and disasters worldwide is based on man (literally) attempting to prevail over nature. Victor Steffensen speaks of ‘young’ knowledge systems that don’t respect or understand old knowledge systems and the protocols around them.  Instead, young knowledge systems need to keep advance Indigenous knowledge, and allow it to demonstrate its value.

 “There’s beautiful roses on both sides of the fence. Western science has a wealth of advanced technology that can help, and Aboriginal knowledge has a wealth of knowledge of the landscape from thousands of years’ experience, and if only they could work together and respect each other in the right way, we could move mountains.”
Susan Harris-Rimmer
The intersection of human rights and climate justice in Coonabarabran - and beyond

This video should be compulsory watching and listening for all levels of Government and for anyone at risk of forced migration. Professor Susan Harris-Rimmer points out that this is a significant proportion of the Australian population. Populations across the world are at risk as, year after year, predictions of climate change’s devastation come true. Even cities are threatened. The implications for the insurance industry are deep, with consequences for vulnerable areas and individual householders. Uninsurable homes lead to lower property values and dwindling populations. Gender is central to this examination of risk, as women’s poverty exacerbates the damage of disasters like floods, bushfires and cyclones.
This series of Lead-In sessions is the prelude to the 2021 International Conference on Gender Justice in Disaster.
Wide-ranging, contemporary and compelling issues are covered.
A zoom panel at the conference will allow delegates to ask questions of the 'Lead-In' speakers.
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