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Larissa Behrendt - Environmental Sustainability: what we can learn from Aboriginal Culture

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Published on Dec 9, 2009

"The concept of sustainability has always been central to Indigenous cultures' - Larissa Behrendt (of the Eualeyai/Kamillaroi people) talks about the lessons derived from her Indigenous culture relating to climate-change, environment/sustainability, Aboriginal totems and customs, wisdom and the principles of connectedness. 'I'd like to see the Indigenous cultures of Australia become the central cultures of this country, that all Australian feel that Indigenous cultures are part of our heritage.' In order to achieve this, Larissa advocates the need to protect Indigenous culture within a culture of human-rights.

Peter Doherty - Nobel Prize Laureate - mentions the importance of hunter-gatherer societies.

About Larissa: Professor of Law and Indigenous Studies at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, University of Technology, Sydney, Larissa is also a practising Barrister who has previously worked with the United Nations. She is currently Chair of National Indigenous Television, Director of Bangarra Dance Company and is on the board of the Museum of Contemporary Art. Larissa is also a judicial member of the Administrative Decisions Tribunal and the Serious Offenders Review Council and an Acting Commissioner on the Land and Environment Court, Fellow for the Australian Social Sciences Academy, a Foundation Fellow for the Australian Academy of Law and a member of the ARC College of Experts. She is published on property law, Indigenous rights, dispute resolution and Aboriginal women's issues and is a regular columnist for the National Indigenous Times. Larissa is also an author; 'Home' is her first novel, and 'Legacy' is her latest work (2009).

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