“The more we are taking care of nature, the more we are taking care of ourselves.”

Last summer’s bushfires left Australia profoundly changed. Lives and homes were lost; almost 13 million hectares of bush was incinerated. Food and fuel systems broke down, and city-dwellers choked on toxic smoke. From this tumult and devastation, what new vision will emerge? How have the fires forced us to rethink ourselves, our communities and our relationships with nature? 

Join social scientist Petra Buergelt, animal ecologist Dale Nimmo and planning expert Barbara Norman – whose family sadly lost a home in the fires – as they explore what will rise from the ash in the months and years ahead. Chaired by Nicole Hasham, Environment + Energy Editor at The Conversation. 

Presented by The Conversation, the world's leading free, fact-based news source written by academics and edited by journalists and The National Library of Australia.

Petra Buergelt

Petra Buergelt

Petra Buergelt is Assistant Professor in Psychology at the University of Canberra. Petra studies how people and communities can thrive in the face of change, adversity and chaos - particularly after natural disaster.

Dale Nimmo

Dale Nimmo

Dale Nimmo is Associate Professor in ecology at the Institute of Land, Water and Society, Charles Sturt University. He is an animal ecologist with broad interests in how 'big' disturbances – things like fire, drought, and land clearing – influence biodiversity.

Barbara Norman

Barbara Norman

Barbara Norman is Professor in design and the built environment at University of Canberra. Barbara lost a family holiday home at Mallacoota this fire season. She is an expert in sustainable urban and regional planning and seeks the best ways to build communities resilient to change, while respecting the natural habitat. She is contributing to a collaborative cross-university response to community bushfire recovery.

Nicole Hasham

Nicole Hasham

Nicole Hasham is a Walkley Award-winning journalist based in the Canberra press gallery and a Visiting Fellow at The Australian National University's Crawford School of Public Policy. Before joining The Conversation she was environment and energy correspondent and federal politics reporter for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. She has more than 15 years' experience in print and online media as a journalist and editor.

 

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Feature image: Loui Seselja, Kangaroos in damaged nature reserve area, Canberra bushfires, 18 January to 14 February 2003nla.cat-vn3064615