*ONLINE* Bruce Pascoe at Edinburgh International Book Festival

The effects of the climate crisis are far-reaching and disastrous: from unliveable conditions and resource scarcity, to economic collapse, political unrest, and war. Over the course of the next 50 years, between one and three billion people will be left outside climate conditions that have best served humanity for 6,000 years. We will be living in ‘hot zones’ and forced to dramatically rethink the way we live on this planet. But it’s not all bad news. Already, leading thinkers in history, agriculture and tech are coming up with imaginative and resourceful methods to protect our precious food resources, increase food sovereignty and reclaim agency within the food system. Traditional landowners are revitalising land management practices, diasporic communities are sharing knowledge with the next generation, and others are working to resist the major corporations who bear no consequences of their role in perpetuating the crisis. Assistant Professor Esther Ngumbi – an expert on entomology and food security; Mark Bittman, author of Animal, Vegetable, Junk, and Bruce Pascoe, author of Dark Emu, talk to chair Dr Paul Behrens about how we can use sustainable food practices to reclaim our future.

This is a live event, with an author Q&A.

For more information and to book your tickets, please visit the event website here.

Dark Emu

History has portrayed Australia’s First Peoples, the Aboriginals, as hunter-gatherers who lived on an empty, uncultivated land. History is wrong.

In this seminal book, Bruce Pascoe uncovers evidence that long before the arrival of white men, Aboriginal people across the continent were building dams and wells; planting, irrigating, and harvesting seeds, and then preserving the surplus and storing it in houses, sheds, or secure vessels; and creating elaborate cemeteries and manipulating the landscape. All of these behaviours were inconsistent with the hunter-gatherer tag, which turns out to have been a…

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