About T10

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What is T10?

T10 is a distillation of the vastness of the natural world and the uncountable actions of humans to exploit it, appreciate it and protect it.

It seeks to present the essence of environmental problems, the best, most significant and most important of our responses to these problems2, and to the beauty found in Nature.

It can never succeed in this task as the job is too vast and changeable, but it can attempt to present a dynamic, iterative process of seeking the heart, the core, of what we see in Nature and what we can do in response3.

Why Thylacine 10?

The Thylacine, or Tasmanian Tiger, appears at first glance to be a strange name for such a site. Tragically, the Thylacine became extinct in 1936 when the last known Tiger died in a Hobart zoo.

I selected the name because whenever I see pictures of this tragic endling, or black and white film footage of the last Tigers in captivity as they move mysteriously in their pens, I feel the hair rising on the back of my neck with a sense of excitement, as well as waves of grief. The excitement is of seeing a ‘ghost’, a spectacular, striped marsupial ‘tiger’; and the grief is for its loss – its extermination for a then huge bounty of one pound per skin – because of its supposed threat to livestock.

Its loss is so recent, so close: both raw and enticing. It is as if we can reach back and touch it. It reminds us in such an immediate and powerful way of what we have lost and what we will lose if we do not – urgently – forge a better, a far better, relationship with ‘life’ in its fullest sense.

10 is a simple and somewhat arbitrary summariser; a convenient discipline and reminder to try to reduce the blinding array of all before us to a manageable list of 10 examples, 10 important things, 10 critical responses. In some cases these are not complete, nor are they set in stone, and will be completed, updated and amended as time, information and resources allow.

Structure?

T10’s structure is designed to reflect its name, numeral and logo. It is constructed as a ‘T’, with ten boxes or sections covering 10 key arenas of action, e.g. ‘Reduce Consumption’, or ‘Work, Volunteer, Act for the Environment’. These sections form the vertical of the ‘T’ and each contains 10 web pages of critical information, examples and actions relevant to that topic.

Across the top of the ‘T’ is section 1, ‘Build the Nature-Human Relationship’, which, unlike sections 2-10, is more oriented to garnering insight and appreciation – rather than direct action – and has 10 ‘chapters’, e.g. ‘Music’ and ‘Film, Documentaries, Podcasts’.

These 10 chapters are further illustrated by 10 examples each; selected because of the critical insight they provide into our understanding of, and behaviour towards, Nature. This section is also atypical in that it is more often understood, though by no means exclusively, through the arts, rather than the sciences, which predominate in sections 2-10.

All in all, T10 should yield approximately 200 significant, important, interesting ideas, examples and links that it is hoped will provide stimulus for the reader and suggestions for ways forward.

Footnotes

  1. T10 logo incorporates and adapts the Thylacine image of: Lord, C., Scott, H. 1924. A Synopsis of the Vertebrate Animals of Tasmania. Oldham, Beddome and Meredith, Hobart. In Freeman, C. 2014. Paper Tiger: How Pictures Shaped the Thylacine. Forty South, Hobart, Australia.
  2. The site is Australia-centric because this is the world I know best, but with a global outlook. This leads to unavoidable ‘weakness’ on a Least Developed/Third World perspective, conditions, and actions for the environment, but hopefully, later evolution of the site will help address this problem.
  3. The site is also structured towards individual action for the environment because it is believed that this is more accessible and understandable and will bring pressure on larger – group – entities. This said, I do not for a minute hold that anything but comprehensive structural responses at the largest scale will be necessary to achieve meaningful change, but believe that the list provided will still be relevant for institutions, governments and corporations, and will be further developed more neatly to address the particular circumstances and powers of groups beyond the individual.

Acknowledgements

T10 could not have been made without the most generous support of my mother, Margaret, who unfailingly contributed her deep knowledge of the Arts and English Expression and edited out my worst English mistakes; my friend, Heinz, who suggested and contributed numerous articles, links and podcasts, and debated the ins and outs of environmental issues over hundreds of coffees; my partner, Marty, who saved me from IT despair, error and frustration innumerable times and provided much nourishment throughout a long journey; my sister, Anne, for her love of literature and art, and her unflagging support of a sometimes weary author; and Megan Sayer of Jiffiweb who took on this most tangled and ungovernable project with courage and enthusiasm and made sense of what was a simple Word document in essential Web form.

Note on the Author

Mick Fendley lives in Victoria’s Western District in Australia. He has a life-long interest in the natural world, studying ecology and environmental planning at university before becoming one of the first environment officers for Local Government in Australia. He was Conservation Manager for Birds Australia (now Birdlife Australia), member of seven threatened-species recovery teams, CEO of the Victorian National Parks Association during the creation of the Marine, and Box-Ironbark, parks systems, Manager of the Green Steps Program at Monash University, and Manager Sustainability Programs for the Department of Sustainability and Environment (now DEECA) in the Barwon-South West region of Victoria. Most recently, he has been a member of the state’s National Parks Advisory Council, Reference Areas Advisory Committee, and Corangamite Catchment Management Authority.