For those who’ve lived in Tasmania, the endless campaigning to protect our unique and wonderful natural environment can all seem very serious and exhausting, yet if there is one thing all those involved in these movements will surely have in common, it’s an echo, somewhere in their memories, of Jamie Kirkpatrick’s joyous laughter. Jamie, AM, Distinguished Professor at the University of Tasmania, and recipient of a Eureka Prize for Environmental Research, has made it his life’s work to try to figure out, ‘how we can ensure that natural diversity outlives the fossil fuel era to continue to enrich the future‘.
Jamie has written many erudite scientific works and useful books about Tasmania’s biodiversity. What often comes across in these is by no means dry, but, rather, a real love of language. Jamie has a very direct and down to earth way of saying things that will often leave readers laughing out loud at the blatant stupidity and bizarre contradictions characteristic of humans.
Mr Caterpillar and the Special Timbers Incident is subtitled: A morality tale for caterpillars, children and adults. The work was co-authored by a group calling themselves The Mr Caterpillar Collective. Mr Caterpillar, himself, is a very animated toy caterpillar prone to falling through portals. He finds himself in such unlikely places as a tasty myrtle forest, Cabinet boardrooms, a threatened midden and a specialty timbers shop. Things get particularly hairy when he is spotted by Mr Scientist.
A fun book for children and greenies of all ages. The book includes a link to an audio version.