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From wilderness to WildCountry: the power of language in environmental campaigns in Australia

Environmental Politics, vol.17 no.1 pp.95-104, February 2008


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Resource IDpickerill20082
Resource titleFrom wilderness to WildCountry: the power of language in environmental campaigns in Australia
Author(s)Jenny Pickerill
Publication/ sourceEnvironmental Politics, vol.17 no.1 pp.95-104
Date publishedFebruary 2008
Summary text/ abstractThere is increasing recognition that environmental groups' evocations of 'wilderness' as a rallying call for the protection of large tracts of land ignores the complexity of Indigenous rights and knowledge, and is tantamount to ecological imperialism. This article explores the problems and power of language used by Australian environmental groups. Using the example of The Wilderness Society and The Australian Conservation Society it details two different ways that campaigners have sought to move forward: to adopt tenure-blind conservation measures, and by creating a bicultural organisation. Despite progress being made however, two key problems remain: indigenous consultation remains focused on northern Australia and is not necessarily supported or prioritised by those higher in the respective organisations, and although language may be changing the underlying premise of why a landscape is of enough value to protect has not altered – the bio-physical method still prevails.
Library categoriesAnarchism & Action, Direct Action & Protest, Land Rights
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