Out and About

MANIFESTO

RESPECT, RECOGNISE, LISTEN, LIVE WITH

Proposition 1: Know and share the purpose of going Out and About

We know that climate change is a real part of our lives. We also know that climate change has become a reality because of how humans have made decisions and act to benefit humans with little or no regard to who we share the planet with including animals, plants, landforms, waterways, and local places. By going Out and About, we hope to create deep relationships with the planet in order to change how we care for the planet and work towards hopeful climate change.

 

Proposition 2: Build a relationship with Place and More-than-Human

We know that a relationship becomes a deep relationship when you spend time with a place and more-than-human that live with the place. Find a place that invites you to visit for long periods of times. Visit the place often and be calm during these visits. Find what calls you into connection in this place. Is it a smell? Bark on tree? Moving water? Sand under your toes? Something else? Use this connection to start and build your relationship with place and more-than-human.

 

Proposition 3: Play and explore Place

Play and explore with purpose in a place. Engage with Place through wonder and joy. Practice trusting and listening with Place. For example, trust Tree to help you cross Creek. Listen to Cliff to know where to dig in Sand. Explore dry Creek slowly so you can follow Skink.

 

Proposition 4: Notice Place and More-than-Human

Find the energy of place and what calls you into connection. Use your senses to notice the details and discover what place and more-than-human share with you in this moment. Infer and take the perspectives of place and more-than-human. For example, what is beauty to Creek? How does smell move you across Beach?

 

Proposition 5: Thinking with Place and More-than-Human

Consider what theories you can make about Place and More-than-Human. How did Tree grow so tall? Why is Tide deep today? What has changed about this place and why? How might Aboriginal understandings of place, like the seasons, influence what we see and engage with in Place?

 

Proposition 6: Learning with Place and More-than-Human

Places and More-than-Human are entangled with histories and politics. What are the histories of the place where you visit, where you live? Who are the Traditional Custodians of the Land? What Aboriginal Worldviews are part of the daily life in this Place? How might understanding these views first change how we act within this Place and with the More-than-Human?

 

Proposition 7: Acting in response to Place and More-than-Human

When we consider the planet including Place and More-than-Human, we change how we act. We consider our daily habits and how they can change to stop the devastation of our planet. For example, we choose not take a plastic straw with our drink or put our sandwich in a reusable container instead of plastic.  

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