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Love and vision: the story of Kathleen McArthur's care for Wallum Country

Journal Article


Abstract


  • In Wild Dog Dreaming, published in 2011, Deborah Bird Rose writes about ‘Anthropogenic

    extinction’ as ‘a fact of death that is growing exponentially.’2 She notes that ‘we are entering

    an era of loss of life unprecedented in human history’ and states that ‘[t]he question,

    of course, is: if we humans are the cause, can we change ourselves enough to change our

    impacts?’ (2) Rose moves on to quote Michael Soulé’s observation that ‘[p]eople save what

    they love’, and asks with him, ‘[a]re humans capable of loving, and therefore of caring for,

    the animals and plants that are currently losing their lives in a growing cascade of extinctions?’

    She follows this question up with another, more imperative one, ‘[h]ow [are we] to

    invigorate love and action in ways that are generous, knowledgeable, and life-affirming?’

    (2) In interview three years later, Rose reiterates this view, urging her audience to take this

    moment, this challenge of the Anthropocene, ‘to enhance our capacity for love, for care,

    for keeping faith with earth, keeping faith with life.’3

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • Collett, A. A. "Love and vision: the story of Kathleen McArthur's care for Wallum Country." Philosophy, Activisim, Nature (PAN) 12 (2016): 127-134.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/2733

Number Of Pages


  • 7

Start Page


  • 127

End Page


  • 134

Volume


  • 12

Abstract


  • In Wild Dog Dreaming, published in 2011, Deborah Bird Rose writes about ‘Anthropogenic

    extinction’ as ‘a fact of death that is growing exponentially.’2 She notes that ‘we are entering

    an era of loss of life unprecedented in human history’ and states that ‘[t]he question,

    of course, is: if we humans are the cause, can we change ourselves enough to change our

    impacts?’ (2) Rose moves on to quote Michael Soulé’s observation that ‘[p]eople save what

    they love’, and asks with him, ‘[a]re humans capable of loving, and therefore of caring for,

    the animals and plants that are currently losing their lives in a growing cascade of extinctions?’

    She follows this question up with another, more imperative one, ‘[h]ow [are we] to

    invigorate love and action in ways that are generous, knowledgeable, and life-affirming?’

    (2) In interview three years later, Rose reiterates this view, urging her audience to take this

    moment, this challenge of the Anthropocene, ‘to enhance our capacity for love, for care,

    for keeping faith with earth, keeping faith with life.’3

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • Collett, A. A. "Love and vision: the story of Kathleen McArthur's care for Wallum Country." Philosophy, Activisim, Nature (PAN) 12 (2016): 127-134.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/2733

Number Of Pages


  • 7

Start Page


  • 127

End Page


  • 134

Volume


  • 12