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Title: From Wilderness to WildCountry: the power of language in environmental campaigns in Australia
Authors: Pickerill, Jenny
First Published: 1-Feb-2008
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: Enrironmental Politics, 2008, 17 (1), pp. 95-104.
Abstract: There 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.
DOI Link: 10.1080/09644010701811681
ISSN: 0964-4016
Type: Article
Rights: This is the author's final draft of the paper published as Environmental Politics, 2008, 17 (1), pp. 95-104. The final version is available from Doi: 10.1080/09644010701811681
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of Geography

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