Join Ernie Dingo as he shares the story of how Indigenous Australians and others across Australia’s north are reducing emissions, benefiting communities and business, and helping the environment. Learn how projects are using traditional Indigenous fire management and being supported by the Australian Government’s Emissions Reduction Fund to contribute to global action on climate change.
The Department thanks the participants and organisations for making this film possible: Ernie Dingo, Mimal Rangers, Arafura Swamp Rangers, Wunggurr Rangers, Uunguu Rangers, Djelk Rangers, ALFA (NT) Limited, Kimberley Land Council, Killin Management, Aboriginal Carbon Foundation, Indigenous Carbon Industry Network, Darwin Centre for Bushfire Research and the Charles Darwin University, Qantas, Bush Heritage, the broader savanna carbon farming community for being part of this success story.
Ernie Dingo: Northern Australia is one of the most spectacular places on Earth.
However, like all our natural treasures, it remains vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
G’Day, Ernie Dingo here.
I want to share with you a story of how fire management across the top half of Australia is helping to reduce emissions, benefit community and businesses and help the environment.
Robin Dann, Wunggurr Ranger, Western Australia: That fire has been part of our life since the beginning of time. We probably invented fire. Healthy Country, healthy people, and fire played a big part in that.
Otto Campion, Arafura Swamp Ranger, Northern Territory: All our old people, they were telling this story about you do right-way fire, you will get good rain, animal will come back, a lot of good flower, good honey.
Ernie Dingo: Embedded in the culture and in the land, traditional fire management has been more recently reinvigorated with the support of the Australian Government's Emissions Reduction Fund.
Savanna fire management reduces emissions by reducing frequency and extent of destructive light dry season wildfires. This story of savanna fire management isn't a new one.
These techniques have been used for tens of thousands of years, but it's the right-way fire mob who's been combining modern science and traditional knowledge to build an industry and make a big difference in our country.
Projects are generating income by selling carbon credits to the government and businesses.
Joyce Bohme, Djelk Ranger, Northern Territory: It brings in more opportunities, more jobs for local people and our people as well so that, you know, people can continue what we're doing today, is keep on looking after the land and our country.
Andrew Parker, Qantas – Group Executive: Carbon offsetting is a critical element of our environmental program and sustainability program at Qantas.
Every 59 seconds our passengers are offsetting their flights and one of their big passions, and demands, is Indigenous and Australian projects in our own backyard.
Joyce Bohme: Being a woman ranger is just great. You get to go around and see a lot of other places and you know what's happening on their land and they know what's happening on our land.
Gladys Womati Malibirr, Arafura Swamp Ranger, Northern Territory: Carbon farming is good for us because we have ranger job.
Neil Waina, Uunguu Ranger, Western Australia: Wunambal Gaambera has our rangers.
It's good for, like to get people back out on Country, to keep their Country strong and healthy.
Robin Dann: Saving the planet, making money but something we've been doing for centuries.
Otto Campion: Our ancestors have been using fire for hunting, gathering, even using fire for getting right-way married. So fire, it’s a big stuff for us.
Ernie Dingo: Savanna fire mob have been combining modern science and traditional knowledge to build an industry and make a big difference in our country, people and climate. That really excites me.