We find ourselves at the end of a historic year. One which opened with a Black Summer of terrifying, climate-induced, bushfires, and then was propelled along by a historic global pandemic. Everyone has endured difficult work conditions and personal experiences as a result of the health and economic crises that have flowed from the coronavirus. Even though recent news of successful vaccines gives us hope, there is a long period of recovery and renewal ahead.

The Australian and New Zealand Environmental History Network has continued its work in this unprecedented year, hosting a virtual conference, publishing wonderful new web resources, including essays for John Evelyn’s 400th Anniversary and short introductory videos on environmental history. The Network’s members have continued to publish exceptional works of history and several have been recognised with prizes and fellowships for their contributions.

But now it’s time for a summer break. The ANZEHN wishes all a safe and restful holiday and a good start to 2021. The Newsletter (now with over 620 subscribers) will pause until February 2021.