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Green Agenda is an online publishing project that aims to stimulate public discussion and debate and deepen understanding of critical and contemporary green politics and philosophy. It is a project of the Green Institute, focussing on publishing essays and interviews that explore the challenges of our time and present creative progressive ideas for the future of Australia and the world.
We intend to publish a selection of essays and other content as a book in 2016.
Green thinking is responsive to the challenges of our contemporary world and is underpinned by the beliefs found in the four pillars of the green movement around the world: ecological sustainability, social and economic justice, peace and nonviolence and participatory democracy.
Contributions to Green Agenda are welcome from anyone who shares an interest in green ideas. Green Agenda also welcomes comments and engagement with all our content. Short comments can be made in the comments thread. We also encourage longer thoughtful responses to the essays. Ideas for essays or a response to a published essay can be submitted here.
Clare Ozich has been a member of the Greens for a decade, in WA, ACT and Victoria. She worked for the federal Greens MPs for almost seven years, including as Director of Policy for both Senators Brown and Milne. Prior to working for the Greens MPs she worked as a lawyer for the trade union movement in Perth and in private practice.
Simon Copland is a freelance writer and climate campaigner. He recently worked for the climate organisation 350.org. Simon grew up in Canberra and is currently living in Edinburgh.
Lefa Singleton Norton is a Melbourne based writer and editor. She is the former Creative Producer of Express Media, has run her own small publishing company and has written about feminism, disability, and the arts for outlets such as SBS, The Big Issue, The Emerging Writer, and Limited News.
Giz Watson lives in south-west WA and is Co-Convener of the Australian Greens. She spent 16 years in the WA Parliament representing the North Metropolitan Region. Her background is in environmental science, she is a builder by trade and has extensive experience in activist training and group dynamics.
Elise Klein is a Canberra-based research fellow and lecturer at the ANU working on Aboriginal economic policy and development studies. Her background is in international development with a strong interest in the neoliberalisation of the economy. She spent the last five years at the University of Oxford researching community development in Mali.
Joan Staples is a Melbourne-based political scientist focusing on civil society and ngos, especially environmental ngos, and their role in democracy. Her career has been in policy and advocacy working with national ngos involved in campaigns all over Australia and she played a strong role in the formative years of the Greens.
Rachel O’Reilly is a writer, curator, editor and poet, whose work connects aesthetics, political philosophy and economy, taking special interest in the impacts of neoliberalisation on subjectivity, language and political emotion. Current research explores philosophies of divestment as a transition away from conventional industrial/labour politics. She is based in Europe since 2008.
Margaret Blakers is the Canberra-based Director of the Green Institute and Convener of the Global Greens. She is a long-time environmental activist, organiser of the first Bird Atlas and of the first Global Greens Congress.
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