Whose Boat?

Birut Zemits

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The north of Australia is akin to a lifeboat. This work asks you to consider how environmental refugees seek safety from rising sea levels and higher temperatures in the worst-case scenario of climate change. Whose boat can save anyone from such catastrophe and who can row such a boat with no oars and no rudder? With a more optimistic view, the work suggests Indigenous people’s knowledge as a rudder to guide the boat through stormy waters to a place of refuge. This deep understanding of the land and seas of the north can lead through the climatic challenges we all face. Questioning ownership of the boat asks the viewer to consider responsible social and environmental action.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2019


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