Harry Nankin’s artistic tribute to the bogong moth, was both moving and beautiful.The Symposium made me want to learn more, and do more for the insect world.
I was amazed again about their niches and their adaptations to survival.
I was fascinated by the projects Patrick has been involved in and which he shared.
Who would have thought of sending spiders into Space! I appreciated the beauty and softness of the art works and appreciated his mentioning about his ethical questions about involving the Bogan Moths and disturbing them to accomplish his project.
All in all I found the time provided me with a reflective space to ponder, relate, appreciate and celebrate the life of Insects with others committed to caring for our world.
The Earth Song Symposium’s topic Insects resonated with me.
What we cannot see, or what does not enter our visual or aural fields very often, does not lessen their value or their right to be cared for and treasured.The Symposium was a timely reminder that it is not just the ‘popular’ or the ‘beautiful’ that are worthy of being saved from extinction.Patrick Honan’s passion for this topic was inspiring; it was a gift to hear him tell how he and the team brought back the Lord Howe Island stick insect from the brink of extinction; this should have struck a rally cry in all our hearts.If humans were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos. We were taken into the world of Spiders, Cicadas, Bogong Moths, Stick Insects and Bees.We heard of each with its own unique story of survival and connectedness with Earth.Patrick, Harry and Blanche did this through their scholarship, fieldwork and creativity, but especially through their respect for the creatures as subjects.