Founder, Visionary and Chairman of Australian Biome Project
The Australian Biome Project founder Terrence Dewar, a 30-year veteran in film and media,
visited the North west of Western Australia in early 2016. His work with Aboriginal communities and his participation in tek survey work alongside botanists and archaeologists led him to remote regions of the state. His extensive research experience, relationships and fascination with Aboriginal culture, technology and film production, pioneered the concept of developing a world class, visual and interactive facility which aim is to showcase the direct connection of Aboriginal people and knowledge to the environment and sustainable future practices.
During his travels in 2016 with American fiancé Olga Durman, it was realised, the out of reach difficulties in tourism dispersion within Western Australia became obvious. He also had many concerns with the future preservation of Western Australia’s pristine environment, education and the delivery of Aboriginal connection and knowledge of those environments.
The idea of a concept facility that could include and showcase these remote places using immersive technologies was realised.
Biomes are described as a community of plants and animals that have common characteristics in the environment they exist in. They are distinct biological communities that have formed in response to a shared physical environment. There are three distinct Biomes in Western Australia. The Tropical, Savanna and Desert. The Ocean and rivers are also Biomes. The Human body is also a biome.
“Understanding Aboriginal knowledge and practices were the key to many of the environmental issues and problems we face today and can reveal answers on how we can best manage them globally as a human species” he said.
In late 2017, a collaboration with Steve Jansen, (the two had worked on previous aboriginal training and development projects), established the Perth Biome Project, later renamed Australian Biome Project in 2019.
Australian Biome Project
will help promote United Nations Sustainability Goals:
Achieve gender equality, social inclusion, and human rights for all.
Empower inclusive, productive, and resilient cities.
Transform governance and technologies for sustainable development.
equality between Men and Women.
Freedom from Discrimination and Persecution. Have programs to recognize our diversity and celebrate our differences. Make use of public art to celebrate differences as well as our common humanity. Promote programs and services that help people of the community get to know each other and learn about each other’s cultural backgrounds.
Provide forums for discussion of cultural differences, literary works, art traditions etc. that would enhance understanding and acceptance.
Compassion and Outreach
Recognize and celebrate diverse faiths as we consider how to live with compassion.
Remove barriers to participation in the community by providing translations for people who do not speak the native language well.
Reach out compassionately to immigrant groups (and any new neighbours) to welcome them and help them adjust to a new environment.
MEANING - WHAT IS ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINIBILITY?
Environment is the surrounding or conditions in which a person,
animal or plant lives or operates. The setting or conditions in which a particular activity is carried on. The natural world as a whole, or in a particular geographical area,
especially as affected by human activity.
Environmental is the relationship to the natural world and the impact
of human activity on its condition. relating to, or arising from a persons surroundings.
Sustainable is able to be maintained at a certain rate or level.
Conserving an ecological balance by avoiding depletion of natural resources.
causing little or no damage to the environment and therefore able to continue
for a long time.
means the rate of renewable resource harvest,
pollution creation and non renewable resource
depletion that can be continued indefinitely.
When Humanity lives within its limits of Earths Biocapacity.
Biocapacity is the capacity of an area to provide adequate
resources to sustain all existing lifeforms and absorb their waste.
Nature’s gifts to our planet are the millions of species that we know and love, and many more that remain to be discovered. Unfortunately, human beings have irrevocably upset the balance of nature and, as a result, the world is facing the greatest rate of extinction since we lost the dinosaurs more than 60 million years ago. But unlike the fate of the dinosaurs, the rapid extinction of species in our world today is the result of human activity.
The unprecedented global destruction and rapid reduction of plant and wildlife populations are directly linked to causes driven by human activity: climate change, deforestation, habitat loss, trafficking and poaching, unsustainable agriculture, pollution and pesticides to name a few. The impacts are far reaching.
If we do not act now, extinction may be humanity’s most enduring legacy.