The ecological illiteracy crisis

Professor Michael Clarke

Head of School of Life Sciences

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The Ecological Illiteracy Crisis

Professor Michael Clarke discusses how as a society we are facing a crisis of ecological illiteracy, its implications and how to re-engage the next generation with nature.  

'We've inherited amazing wildlife in this country and we have a moral obligation to future generations to look after it, and we will only do that if we know what we're looking at, if we know what we're losing.

'So the challenge for us is to educate future generations and inspire them to re-engage with nature. That might involve technology, that might involve inspirational older people who know the nature that is around their own backyard, who can tell a Noisy Miner from an Indian Myna, a Purple Swamphen from a Dusky Moorhen.

'These kinds of things may seem trivial but they're the beginning steps in improving ecological literacy, and unless we know what we're looking at we won't care for it, and we need to start to care', he said.