Escalating anthropogenic mass extinctions and climate change require a paradigm shift in the ways in which we understand our place in the world and approach environmental education. In this walking ethnography, we are shaping a new kind of environmental pedagogy that is based upon ordinary, everyday material relations; explores new ways of living and learning with other species in our local environs; and seeks embodied understandings of our implication in the weathering process. As we (Affrica Taylor, Tonya Rooney, and children and educators from the ANU University Preschool and Childcare Centre ) walk the tracks of the grassy bushland foreshores of Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra, we are cultivating new modes of attention towards wildlife and wild weather. Returning to the same microenvironments and habitats across the seasons and in varying weather conditions, we are building relations with wildlife and learning from what is already happening in our immediate common worlds.
To read our reflections upon the encounters, relations and learning that emerge from the walks click on the blog link below.