John Kinsella is the author of numerous books of poetry, criticism and fiction. His memoir Displaced: A Rural Life was published by Transit Lounge in 2020. He is a fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University, and Professor of Literature and Environment at Curtin University. He wishes always to acknowledge the traditional and custodial owners of the lands he comes from: the Ballardong Noongar people, the Whadjuk Noongar people and the Yamaji people.
In Australia, rural causation of climate damage, land toxicity, extinction through clearing (flora and fauna) and mass fire events that extinguish ancient forests are counteracted or even entirely denied because of the ‘necessity’ of food production and even a colonial-generational relationship to landholdings.