Dr Bob Brown, leader of the Greens, launched Australia’s Wild Weather at the National Library in Canberra last night.
Bob spoke about the book with great warmth and insight. He spoke very personally, too, about his being a long-term weather tragic, and about how the book reminds us that we may need to live with more love toward the weather if we want the weather that has sustained us and all our great (and terrible) works in the anthropocene is to go on loving us. A hundred people listened to him (and me) speak, and watched the 128 images from the book play behind us on the screen. And it was a joy to have my three younger children, Maree and many of my family in the crowd. Along with friends and fellow place tragics like Tom Griffiths.
And Canberra’s sky, profound with cloud and lit by warm yellow afternoon light, was an illustration of how much larger life is, lived with your eyes and ears open to the weather. It’s not how much you like it that counts; it’s how much attention you pay. As I say in the book, it’s a way of dying to one’s self, one’s mere personal, human self.
May the weather be with you.