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it is human to listen to the earth

“How we relate to the earth and her beings, and the stories we tell ourselves are powerful.
We have an urgent need to reconnect with nature as this is our home.
We have forgotten how a sense of place gives us roots and nourishment.
We have forgotten about seeing with a deep sense of time that’s not just this week or even just our lifetime.
We are not the only beings that matter on this earth.
The way we perceive is not the only way of perceiving.
We need to remind ourselves of the story of how we are guardians of the earth.
We do not have to choose a Hollywood style dystopian nightmare.
We can choose wiser ways of living.
We can remember to listen to the heartbeat of the earth.
We have done all this before.”

we can live another way.
we have done it before.

I believe in humans as guardians.

We do not have dominion.
We are not a scourge or plague. The earth would not be better off without us.
We are meant to be here to tend, to care, to encourage abundance and beauty and thriving life.

We are part of the earth.
Our job is to listen deeply to all the languages, to all the different beings –
the birds, the wind, the seasons, the plants, the land; our kin.
To remember how to listen and take instructions to assist.
Our western human way is not the only way of being in the world.
And we are not the only ones we are meant to be working for.

I want to deepen our sense of place.
If you could be anywhere, why would you care for right here?
I am interested in our unacknowledged sense of rootlessness in colonised places.
I seek to remind us that we are connected to nature, in a particular place.

The earth has a heartbeat.

It is human to listen to the earth.
A deeply human skill across all cultures.
It is human to care for the earth.
To be in service to all life.
Let’s remember.

let’s remember.


I live and work on the beautiful lands of the Gumbaynggirr people. These lands were stolen. Sovereignty was never ceded.
I do my best to offer love and respect to all their Elders; past, present, and future.
I extend this respect and reverence to all Indigenous Elders across all nations throughout the world.
Let’s look after them and the old stories they hold from the land. We all need them more than ever.