Castlemaine: Climate Change, Consciousness, and Art



“Think Globally, Act Locally”—Climate change and environmental degradation have local communities on alert and self-organizing to become more sustainable and resilient. Castlemaine in Central Victoria (Australia) is renowned for its artistic, permaculture, and sustainability-oriented community. The children of Castlemaine are a particular focus for sustainability initiatives; they will be our future. A mural painted in 2007 still stands in the center of town expressing their concerns, showing their talent and reserves.

Author Biography

Anitra Nelson, RMIT University, Australia

Anitra Nelson is Associate Professor at the Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University, Melbourne (Australia). Her research focuses on environmental and community-based sustainability, environmental justice, housing, money, and non-market socialism. As a Carson Fellow (2015–2016) she completed the manuscript Small is Necessary: Shared Living on a Shared Planet (Pluto Press, London, 2017). She lives in Castlemaine, where she participated in a local oral history project for unemployed youth (Landcare and Environment Action Program), resulting in: Nelson, Anitra. “Ourstory: A simple guide to the presentation of history,” In A Sense of Place: Shaping Oral Histories, edited by K. Wilson, 1–28. Chewton: Mount Alexander Diggings Development Association, 1993.