Human progress has exacted an enormous cost on the natural world. And yet, despite our growing identification with technology, we as a species are as dependent on the natural environment for our health and flourishing as any other.
How do we repair what we have broken, and support natural ecosystems as we head into the human-dominated Anthropocene?
In February, the Restore Regenerate Revegetate conference will convene in Armidale for a week to look at progress in this field over the past decade, and ponder how to carry forward that understanding.
It is a conference for anyone interested in the repair and maintenance of the natural environment: the revegetation industry, Landcarers, mine rehabilitation experts, carbon farmers, wildlife scientists, natural resource managers, restoration ecologists, conservation biologists and social scientists.
The five-day program, running from February 5-9, contains special streams for scientists, landholders, indigenous people, and those interested in communicating this work through education and the arts.