Words, oral libraries and environmental responses : an Australian indigenous perspective to climate change adaptation

Low, Choy D. and Jones, D. 2013, Words, oral libraries and environmental responses : an Australian indigenous perspective to climate change adaptation, in IFLA 2013 : Shared wisdom in an age of change : Proceedings for the International Federation of Landscape Architects 50th World Congress, [The Conference], [Auckland, New Zealand], pp. 176-186.

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Title Words, oral libraries and environmental responses : an Australian indigenous perspective to climate change adaptation
Author(s) Low, Choy D.
Jones, D.
Conference name International Federation of Landscape Architects. World Congress (50th : 2013 : Auckland, New Zealand)
Conference location Auckland, New Zealand
Conference dates 10-12 Apr. 2013
Title of proceedings IFLA 2013 : Shared wisdom in an age of change : Proceedings for the International Federation of Landscape Architects 50th World Congress
Editor(s) Davies, Renee
Menzies, Diane
Publication date 2013
Conference series International Federation of Landscape Architects World Congress
Start page 176
End page 186
Total pages 11
Publisher [The Conference]
Place of publication [Auckland, New Zealand]
Summary Climate change adaptation and mitigation continues to be a prevalent discourse in this country and internationally in both the sciences and the arts. While various types and degrees of change are evident, the quantification of these changes including their scope and diversity have challenged conventional sciences. This is demonstrated in their inability to succinctly answer key questions about change including the degree of change and associated patterns and consequences. Most of this discourse is nested in a temporal band comprising the last 100-200 years of data and evidence, and very much informed by Western science perspectives and protocols. Little attempt has been made to engage with Australian Indigenous communities whom possess environmental knowledge of some 10,000-100,000 years albeit embedded in their artistic and oral narrative 'histories'. This paper explores the role and values that Australian Aboriginals, the Indigenous peoples of the Australian content, can offer in shedding new light on this discourse While focusing upon a cross-peri-urban Indigenous investigation, it examines this discourse though the lens of their words, terms, sentences as a vehicle to better understand a longitudinal perspective about climate change adaptation pertinent to Australia.
Language eng
Field of Research 129999 Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
HERDC collection year 2013
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30055226

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Architecture and Built Environment
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