INJUSTICE - What people are saying...
A scathing indictment of Australian animal mistreatment that lays out a hopeful future of wildlife preservation.
Injustice draws the veil from attitudes and actions towards wildlife that have pushed Australia into an extinction crisis. Understanding how we got here is vital to recovering the natural world – a must read.
Maria Taylor has written an excellent account of the decades of misinformation and malfeasance concerning our relationship with Australia’s kangaroo populations and other native wildlife since settlement, obviously both a biological research and a moral issue. As the books shows, so far, we have failed both.
In the wake of the Australian colonial land grab, what place remains for the continent's unique wildlife? Taylor's exposé of the past and present Australian wildlife industries will shock and dismay, and her call for a more responsible, regenerative stewardship must be heeded.
Everyone who cares about the future of Australia's unique wildlife should read this book.”
Quotes by the Author...
A lack of respect for the extraordinary land and its inhabitants. We’re belatedly learning of Australia’s ongoing mammalian extinctions, highest rate in the world, and ecosystem collapses. At the same time, a hidden and bloody legacy of colonial practices continues.
Today, 250 years after colonization, the national icons and much other indigenous wildlife are still treated as pest or product – but pathways to showing respect and understanding for the nature of Australia and for sharing with Australia’s unique wildlife exist, and can be actioned right now.
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Global Warming and Climate Change - What Australia Knew and Buried... Reviews
This is a crucially important book. It is exceptionally well researched and thoughtfully written. It should be essential reading for everyone if we are to understand the debate on climate change in Australia. It tells us clearly and analytically how public understanding was reframed in Australia by conservative think tanks, politicians, the business community and the media, by exploiting beliefs and values held by our society.
This book is an essential read for anyone with a serious interest in the history of Australian climate policy and the lessons that emerge from it. The book’s section on media shows that the shift in media coverage was partly due to the deep change driven by the emergence of the internet, declining profitability and centralisation of traditional media. Experienced and ethical journalists left, so articles that provided context and perspective were replaced by ‘he says, she says’ articles focused on artificially framed debate, conflict that reinforced uncertainty and a ‘culture war’ model based on ‘environment versus economy’. Powerful media owners imposed their agendas. And publicly owned media were intimidated into providing ‘balanced’ reporting that reinforced anti-scientific views.
Maria Taylor’s book carefully unravels the developments that took place that now leave Australia in danger of international sanctions because of its pariah status to say nothing of the impacts of climate change itself. Maria points out that there has been a cultural shift that has resulted in a new storyline associated with the climate-change issue.
Maria Taylor’s book What Australia Knew and Buried reflects her intelligent and tireless investigative skills. The book is nominally about climate science, but in fact the main theme is how we have changed, as a society, in the past three decades. A sad element in the story is what happened, and is happening, to Australian science. From being a world leader, not just in climate science, we have reached a point where ideology determines what science is done, and who does it. Our once-great scientific institutions such as CSIRO are systematically restructured, muzzled, and stripped of funding.