For some, climate change is out there, hovering just beyond today’s bad weather. For others it is already unfolding, with catastrophic consequences for the people and places they love.
The disconnection between people and land is not only a driver of climate change, it informs how we experience, understand and respond to it. This disconnection is underpinned and sustained by colonialism and capitalism, ideologies of domination, separation and control.
As key beneficiaries of these systems, settler descended people have a responsibility to trouble the privileges of colonialism, and develop ways of being with and in place that promote ecological and social justice towards the past and the future.
Tender Places is a four year creative research project engaging settler descended peoples in questions of the moral responsibility to and through place, through walking, reading, and arts and cultural practices. This research is undertaken as part of a Doctorate of Philosophy by Creative Research at Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia.