Step Through TimeFriday, 20 September 2019 -
Melbourne (Foreshore between Brighton and Elwood)Victoria
Join a 4.6km Deep Time Walk to travel across Earth's 4.6 billion year timeline at a rate of one million years per metre. Starting at the formation of the solar system and the creation of Earth, Deep Time Walk covers significant events in Earth's deep history, including the formation of the Moon, plate tectonics, the early evolution of life, dinosaurs and much more. The walk will put into context humanity's rich ancestral heritage and give you an insight into the interconnectedness of life. It will help you comprehend deep time - the vast age of our Earth - and explore the destructive impact of our species is having on the integral functioning of our living world.
Deep time provides "a radical perspective, provoking action not apathy ... [it] is the catalysing context of intergenerational justice; it is what frames the inspiring activism of Greta Thunberg and the school climate-strikers, and the Sunrise campaigners pushing for a Green New Deal in America. A deep-time perspective requires us to consider not only how we will imagine the future, but how the future will imagine us. It asks a version of Jonas Salk’s arresting question: “Are we being good ancestors? ” Robert MacFarlane