In light of Earth Day 2022, this webinar introduces a First Nations perspective on sustainability by bringing together Aboriginal philosophy and law with Western critiques of the current governance system. Dr Mary and Dr Michelle will explore how human relationships with the living world can form a foundation for a sustainable society that can #InvestInOurPlanet.

Future Dreaming Australia is a not-for-profit organisation created by Indigenous and non-indigenous community leaders, to share cross cultural ecological knowledge and build a positive future. Future Dreaming works in partnership with a growing number of partner organisations, including the University of Queensland (Dept of Philosophy).

Registration essential: a Zoom link will be emailed to participants upon registering for the event. You can follow the event on Facebook here.

About the speakers:

Dr Mary Graham, Adjunct Associate Professor, University
of Queensland, grew up in South-East Queensland, and is a Kombu-merri person through her father’s heritage and a Wakka Wakka clan through her mother’s heritage. With a career spanning more than 30 years, Mary has worked across several government agencies, community organisations and universities including: Department of Community Services, Aboriginal and Islander Childcare Agency, the University of Queensland and the Foundation for Aboriginal and Islander Research Action. Mary has been a dedicated lecturer with the University of Queensland, teaching Aboriginal history, politics and comparative philosophy. Mary has also lectured nationally on these subjects and developed and implemented the core university subjects of ‘Aboriginal Perspective’s’, ‘Aboriginal Approaches to Knowledge’ and at the post-graduation level ‘Aboriginal Politics’. Mary is a Co-Founder
and Director of Future Dreaming. Learn more about Future Dreaming Australia here!


Dr Michelle Maloney is the Co-Founder and National Convenor of the   a leading not-for-profit organisation advocating for Earth centred governance, with a focus on law, economics, ethics and education. Michelle designs and manages AELA programs and events, including the Australian Peoples' Tribunal for Community and Nature's Rights, and coordinates the work of more than 20 fantastic multi-disciplinary professional and student volunteers around Australia. Michelle is also the Co-Founder and Director of the New Economy Network Australia (NENA); Co-Founder and Director of Future Dreaming Australia; Senior Adjunct Fellow, Law Futures Centre, Griffith University.


About Earth Day 2022 Celebrations

What is Earth Day?

Earth Day marks the birth of the modern environmental movement. On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans mobilised to call for greater protections for our planet. Individual groups fighting against air and water pollution, fossil fuels, land clearing, soil erosion, the loss of biodiversity and the extinction of wildlife; all united on Earth Day around their shared common values. On this day in 1970, Earth Day achieved a rare political alignment with grassroots values which spear-headed policy change. Learn more about the history of Earth Day here

2022 Theme - 'Invest In Our Planet'

EARTHDAY.ORG, the global organizer of Earth Day, announced that the theme for Earth Day 2022 will be “Invest in Our Planet.” Earth Day 2022 is focused on accelerating solutions to combat our greatest threat, climate change, and to activate everyone – governments, citizens, and businesses – to do their part. Everyone accounted for, and everyone accountable.

Together, we must Invest In Our Planet. Because a green future is a prosperous future.

The Earth Day 2022 theme is focused on engaging the more than 1 billion people, governments, institutions, and businesses who participate in Earth Day to recognize our collective responsibility and to help accelerate the transition to an equitable, prosperous green economy for all. EARTHDAY.ORG’s campaign is focused on reframing the conversation, accelerating action, and bringing us together to understand that this is within our reach if we work together.

Learn more about the 2022 theme here



Online - Zoom