Slow Catastrophes

Living with Drought in Australia

By Rebecca Jones

Living with drought is one of the biggest issues of our time. Climate change scenarios suggest that in the next fifty years, global warming will increase both the frequency and severity of these phenomena. Stories of drought are familiar to us, accompanied by images of dead sheep, dry dams, cracked earth, farmers leaving their lands, and rural economic stagnation. But, as Rebecca Jones reveals in this sensitive account of families living on the Australian land, the story of drought in this driest continent is as much about resilience, adaptation, strength of community, ingenious planning for, and creative responses to persistent absences of rainfall. The histories of eight farming families, stretching from the 1870s to the 1950s, are related, with a focus on the private lives and inner thoughts revealed by personal diaries. Also included are discussions with contemporary farmers and pastoralists. In greatly enriching our understanding of the human dimensions of drought, Slow Catastrophes provides us with vital resources to face our ecological future. *** Listen to the podcast interview with author Rebecca Jones by Jason Schulman, New Books Network, October 6, 2017, (Series: Australian History) [Subject: Environmental Studies, Australian Studies, History]

Publication Date: 8/29/2017
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781925495430