Germaine Greer: The Rainforest Years

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Host: King's Place
Location: Hall One King's Place 90 York Way London N1 9AG
Speaker: Germaine Greer

The author of The Female Eunuch tells us how she embraced the fight to bring back a forest in her native Australia. Expect Germaine Greer to bring the same passion with which she defended feminist issues to the essential challenge faced by our planet's biodiversity.

In December 2001, after two years of searching for somewhere in Australia to put her archive, Germaine Greer was taken to the Numinbah Valley in south-east Queensland, to see an abandoned dairy farm that was for sale. It was the last thing she wanted, totally unsuitable as a site for a library, but the battered subtropical rainforest that clothed the upper slopes of the property needed her. Since then she has spent every spare cent on rehabilitating the forest, and set up a charity to continue the work after she has gone to be recycled.

White Beech tells the story of how Europeanisation has devastated our landscape and what we can do to restore its biodiversity and uniqueness. In Germaine's view conservation is too important to be left to politicians; it is time ordinary Australians began doing it for themselves. No activity, she believes, could be more rewarding. Restoring natural heritage is much easier than struggling to raise exotic plants and animals.

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