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I speak for the trees

Guests:
Professor Tim Entwisle, Director and CEO, Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne
Professor Jaklyn Troy, Director, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research, University of Sydney
Ben Walter, author

Host:
Kate Barber

I speak for the trees centres on trees and those who speak on their behalf. Professor Tim Entwisle discusses the concept of plant blindness—the inability to notice or recognise the plants around us—and ways in which we can increase our plant literacy. Professor Jaklyn Troy addresses the ecological knowledge and deep connection First Nations’ people have with Country, together with a call for the reinstatement of Indigenous names for plants and trees in Australia. The episode closes with author Ben Walter reading his essay in response to the catastrophic fires that decimated Tasmania’s Tarkine wilderness in 2016.

Links:
Tim Entwisle, Curing plant blindness and illiteracy, Sydney Environment Institute, March 2014.
Angelique Kritzinger, ‘Plant blindness is a real thing: why it’s a real problem too’, The Conversation, September 2018.
Jaklyn Troy, Trees are at the heart of our country – we should learn their Indigenous names, The Guardian, April 2019.
Ben Walter, Speak for the trees: hope and hopelessness mingle in the singed Tarkine, Meanjin, Autumn 2017.