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Example 4: Human mastery over nature—Climate change

In the above video, Matthew Kearnes describes different examples of human mastery over environmental and climatic systems — from grand visions of scientific and technological ingenuity, such as geoengineering and …

Ideas of nature

One of the goals of the Environmental Humanities is to understand the way knowledge about the environment is constructed, and create new understandings that demonstrate greater care and concern. In …

Mode 4: Motivating action

Creating tangible avenues for change, or what Judy refers to as motivating action, is perhaps one of the most important mechanisms through which nature can be re-made. Motivating action means …

Further reading

This is a list of optional further reading for Week 5. Environmental Humanities Compendiums Elizabeth DeLoughrey, Jill Didur and Anthony Carrigan (ed.), Global Ecologies and the Environmental Humanities: Postcolonial Approaches …

Mode 3: Creating a sense of identification

Interventions that foster emotional and cognitive identification by resonating with people’s concerns, values and attachments can be a powerful way to promote change. Read the following article to gain an …

Environmental philosophy

Environmental Philosophy gained prominence as a sub-discipline of philosophy in the 1970s, primarily in response to emerging environmental challenges. A range of different approaches to considering human environmental relations emerged …

Indigenous knowledges and postcolonial approaches

Work in Environmental Humanities, particularly by Australian scholars, emerges out of an awareness of the interconnected histories of colonial settlement, violence and displacement. Two Australian scholars Deborah Bird Rose and …

Dualisms

The key to understanding how “nature” (as nonhuman) functions in the modern world is appreciating that it is a strongly dualistic term. At the simplest level, a dualism is the …

Environmental history

The first sub-discipline that we will introduce is Environmental History. Why is history important in understanding contemporary environmental issues? A leading Australian scholar of environmental and natural resource policy, Stephen …