John's Open Road
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Roxby Downs, South Australia AUS
Public Television: Season 5
Arid Recovery Project
animals, archaeology, change, conservation, desert, geology, making a difference, making decisions, mining, threats
- Grew up interested in playing outside, exploring rocks, catching lizards-says he just never really "grew up."
- Went to school to study geology but discovered that rocks "really weren't his thing," he preferred animals.
- Did a project studying the effect of a mining operation on an ecosystem and decided to start getting into conservatism.
- Says that white Australians' lack of understanding of the land led to overgrazing, introduction of species that were harmful to the environment.
- At the Arid Recovery Project, they purged a piece of land of all foreign species and started restoring it to its original state.
- The property has already started to recover; he estimates that in 20-30 years, it'll be back to its natural condition.
- Grew up in a city in Australia and now lives in the remote Outback, but he calls the move "liberating," rather than intimidating.
- Doesn't think he's where he's at "for good," he sees his life continually changing and estimates he'll still make big changes down the line.