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Dumbo Feather Issue 52

Dumbo Feather is an iconic Australian magazine. Published quarterly for seven years, and hailed around the world as a design leader, it is a magazine like no other. Our readers are people who want to be told a different story than the one they hear every day. Each quarterly issue features five extended (20 page) profiles of people worth knowing, across enterprise, education, science, sport, politics, fashion and the arts. Whether they’ve touched millions, or just those around them, we take the time to get to know these people, and ask them to tell us their stories.

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Dear reader, Recently I read a news article that tipped me into a state of outrage. Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was saying coal and fossil fuels have an important future in this country, and anyone who thinks otherwise is “delusional.” Really? I thought. Surely “delusional” was continuing to support this industry knowing full well the impact it’s had on the climate, knowing that alternatives are a more economical option and have successfully powered entire countries for decades now. Surely “delusional” was keeping alive an industry that harms human health and destroys vital ecosystems. Surely. In that instant, I found myself on the defence, hitting rhetoric back with more rhetoric, which was only serving to fuel my anger. I realised I needed to get out of this game and start playing a…

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active hope

“Dangerous,” “frightening,” “out of control”—as we go around the room, people are calling out the word or phrase that comes to mind as they complete this sentence: “When I consider the condition of our world, I think things are getting...” Over the last few decades, we’ve done this process with tens of thousands of people in a wide range of settings. The responses we hear echo survey findings that show high levels of alarm about the future we’re heading into. Such widespread anxiety is well-founded. As our world heats up, deserts expand and extreme weather events become more common. Human population and consumption are increasing at the same time as essential resources, such as freshwater, fish stocks, topsoil, and oil reserves, are in decline. While reversals in the economy have left…

3 Min.
the camping trip that saved yosemite

When we think of environmental advocacy, we usually think of crowds of people marching the streets in protest. Yet sometimes, the most potent advocacy takes the form of a conversation with someone in power. One of the most famous examples of this happened in the US in the early 1900s, when President Theodore Roosevelt embarked on a camping trip with naturalist and writer John Muir. Muir migrated to the US from Scotland at the age of 11. After a rambling youth spent as an inventor, sheepherder, timber worker and amateur naturalist, he lived for several years alone in a cabin in Yosemite Valley. It was an experience that moved him profoundly, and he became an impassioned advocate not only for the preservation of the valley and surrounding region, but for the…

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the community that ended fracking

In August 2016, Australia’s first permanent ban on fracking and unconventional gas drilling was announced in the state of Victoria. It was a win for more than 70 community groups who joined together to create a targeted campaign, ultimately driving a nine-month government inquiry into the impacts of drilling on their land. Alison Marchant was a key campaigner for Moriac, one of the first Western Victorian communities to publicly declare themselves “gasfield free.” A mother and teacher with no experience in campaigning, Alison found herself speaking at events and meeting with politicians, refusing to cave to the pressures of oil and gas companies wanting a piece of her community’s land. When my husband and I moved to Moriac with our small children, we received a pamphlet in the letterbox about an…

3 Min.
how our economy can save the planet

We are on the cusp of an economic revolution. This upheaval will remake all the systems we depend upon. In the coming decades it will transform energy, food production, buildings, transportation, infrastructure and finance. Among other things, it may be the biggest opportunity to make money in human history. Imagine our world three generations from now: the world of your great-grandchildren. The seeds planted in cities like Vancouver have taken root and proliferated. Industrial activity works to decarbonise the atmosphere and stabilise the climate. The oceans have been clean of the horrific plastic gyres now poisoning them. Farming mimics, restores and enhances natural ecosystems. Renewable energy, smart transit and “living buildings” are the norm. Population has stabilised at a sustainable level. We have an economy that serves both people and planet, with…

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bearing witness

It’s easier—and far less painful—to turn a blind eye to the damage humans have done to the planet. But the action that’s needed right now can only happen when we actually face up to the fragile state of our environment and the role we’ve played in climate change. The following essay with photos by Daniel Beltrà and Jamey Stillings explores the interaction between our modern economy and the natural world—beginning with the environmental degradation caused by deforestation and oil spills and ending with the innovative renewable work that’s underway to restore our natural ecosystems.…