#019 A Global Movement Sweeping the Plains

A conversation with Evan Pensini

 
 

Evan Pensini is a pastoralist from the remote Pilbara region of Western Australia, on Cheela Plains Station. He and his wife Robin are pulling off some remarkable regeneration of country there, significantly defying official expectations of just how far and fast this land could recover its health and productivity. 

 
Evan Pensini at Cheela Plains Station. Pic: Dan Avila, Australia’s North West Tourism.

Evan Pensini at Cheela Plains Station. Pic: Dan Avila, Australia’s North West Tourism.

You know, that forces you to look at change, if you’re receptive to change. And, I guess, that’s the thing. You’ve got to be receptive to change to be able to change and that’s always the key. And, once you’re receptive to change, it’s a matter of identifying, you know, where that change is going to come from and how much change you’re going to implement and really opening your mind up.
— Evan Pensini
 

So how does the system work, particularly in Australia where hooved animals weren't part of its pre-colonial history? Why don't more pastoralists adopt these methods? What's the value of carbon farming? And is it really inevitable that mining will wipe out everything being achieved here?


Get more:

Cheela Plains Station.

And listen to podcast #016 Grassroots Revolution, with Charles Massy, and David & Frances from Wooleen Station. 

 

Music:

Hotel California, by the Eagles.

The Great Unwind, by William Tyler.


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