Nature Festival: Advocating for the environment matters but don’t forget to enjoy it


Knowing that local weather change poses an imminent menace to humanity is just not sufficient to galvanise some folks into motion, South Australia’s Nature Festival director says, but fostering particular person relationships with the environment may assist.

Ryan Hubbard is overseeing the launch of the annual pageant’s second iteration at this time, which can see greater than 260 completely different nature “occasions, encounters and experiences” happen throughout the state.

This features a walkthrough of fire-ravaged Scott Creek to discover its restoration from bushfire, a Memorial for Forgotten Plants sound and music occasion at Adelaide’s Botanic Gardens, discussions with Kaurna and Narangga man and pageant cultural ambassador Jack Buckskin about connecting with place, and numerous workshops, performances and suggestions.

“The concept behind the environmental motion over the previous 30 or 40 years has been largely, ‘If solely folks knew how unhealthy issues had been’, or ‘If solely folks knew there was this imminent menace of local weather change that is going to be fairly unhealthy’,” Mr Hubbard mentioned.

“What we have seen is, it’s not sufficient for folks simply to know that.

“To actually reply, folks first want to have, and recognise and pay attention to, a deeper relationship with nature.”

The Be Natural Poetry Slam occasion for unique works shall be held at Carrick Hill.(

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Find your personal path

One of the methods to do this, Mr Hubbard mentioned, was to merely enjoy nature in no matter “modality” suited folks, be that gardening, journey sports activities, artwork and tradition, and even by having fun with the fruits of nature in its meals and wine.

This has been mirrored in a various program with loads of anticipated occasions like bushwalking and talks, but additionally a wide selection of artwork and music performances, poetry slam occasions, and even a specifically brewed beer blended by an area brewer with native botanicals.

A man with a beard smiles at someone to the right of the camera
Ryan Hubbard believes fostering particular person connections with the environment will strengthen advocacy.(

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“It can even come from pleasure and delight, and from wanting to give again to one thing that is giving to us.”

Mr Hubbard mentioned that whereas environmental advocacy was essential, and humanity wanted to change its strategy to higher defend the world, it may be “exhausting work”.

“It wears folks out, significantly these working in it actually intently, but all of us, societally talking, we have bushfires, we have all of the local weather change stuff,” Mr Hubbard mentioned.

“So I believe it’s actually about balancing these two issues — our want to defend and care, but additionally our want to discover it in the second.”

People stand about a wooden bird box on an outdoor bench.
An occasion focussed on constructing and place native hen containers is being held in Hove.(

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Participation charges rising

The Nature Festival is in its second 12 months after launching efficiently throughout the first 12 months of the pandemic.

Organisers had initially deliberate to simply have 10 actions on SA Museum’s entrance garden in February but the unfold of COVID-19 in 2020 cancelled that.

They as an alternative deliberate for a open entry fringe pageant at a number of websites later in the 12 months — anticipating to maintain 50 completely different occasions and ending up with about 180.

This 12 months it has grown to greater than 260 completely different occasions, with venues and organisations throughout Adelaide getting concerned, together with Carrick Hill, Stangate House and Garden, Thomas Hill House, SA Museum and the Art Gallery of SA, Writers SA, and several other botanic gardens.

“It’s gotten out of hand in the greatest method potential, even throughout COVID,” Mr Hubbard mentioned.

The pageant runs from September 25 to October 4.

A group of parents and children stand in a clearing surrounded by forest
Cubbies by the Creek was a preferred kids’s occasion finally 12 months’s pageant.(

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