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Ecological Sustainability, Featured, How we'll make change, Participatory Democracy, Peace & Nonviolence

Time To Rebel: Civil Disobedience For The Planet

The Extinction Rebellion (XR) movement has grabbed headlines since late 2018 with its repertoire of non-violent but disruptive tactics to raise climate awareness and protest government inaction on impending ecological collapse. The UK-born phenomenon has transformed into an international movement which continues to gather momentum. XR activist Jayne Forbes speaks here about her experiences in the London blockades and citizen’s... Read More

by , 3 weeks ago


Ecological Sustainability, Economic Justice, Featured, How we'll make change, Social Justice

Lessons From The Election Part 2: Unions And The Environment Movement

There has been significant debate over both the role of unions and the environment movement in the 2019 Australian Federal Election. Godfrey Moase argues the two need to work more closely if we want to see action on climate change. This is the second part of a two part series on lessons for social movements following the 2019 Australian Federal... Read More

by Simon Copland , 1 month ago

Lessons From The Election Part 2: Unions And The Environment Movement

Emancipation In The Anthropocene | Green Agenda
Ecological Sustainability, Economic Justice, Featured

Emancipation In The Anthropocene

In 1958 Hannah Arendt published, The Human Condition.(1) At the beginning of this wide-ranging work, Arendt proposes “a reconsideration of the human condition from the vantage point of our newest experiences and our most recent fears.”(2) The major historical event which motivated this study was the launch of Sputnik I by the Soviet Union and the prospect this technological advance... Read More

by , 3 months ago


Ecological Sustainability, Featured

Balginjirr “A Special Place On Our Home River Country”!

We are pleased to share with you this incredible poem by Dr. Anne Poelina, part of the Green Institute Report ‘Rebalancing Rights: Communities, Corporatations and Nature’. I came home to our river country, our place… our space… today. I stood at your grave site and recall the first night when I came back to my mother’s land, and now I... Read More

by Felicity Gray , 3 months ago

Balginjirr “A Special Place On Our Home River Country”!

Rights Of Nature, Earth Democracy And The Future Of Environmental Governance
Ecological Sustainability

Rights Of Nature, Earth Democracy And The Future Of Environmental Governance

This paper formed part of the Green Institute Report ‘Rebalancing Rights: Communities, Corporatations and Nature’. Around the world, people are working hard to protect their local communities and local ecosystems from the destructive impacts of excessive industrial developments.  One strategy that is receiving growing attention is changing the legal status of nature from being human property or, at best, a... Read More

by , 5 months ago


Ecological Sustainability

Signing Up For Extinction

“We’re worried that we’re going to see the extinction of [the Swift Parrot] within our careers—before the end of them” 1 Last November, Prime Minister Morrison signed up for extinction. He put his name to the Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) through which the Commonwealth devolves environmental responsibility to the states and washes its hands of the outcome. Unless overturned by... Read More

by Felicity Gray , 6 months ago

Signing Up For Extinction - Swift Parrot

Our Power: The Latrobe Valley, Hazelwood, And Our Energy Future
Ecological Sustainability, Economic Justice

Our Power: The Latrobe Valley, Hazelwood, And Our Energy Future

The Latrobe Valley is home to three brown coal mines and four power stations which have provided Victoria with over 80 per cent of its power, every day, for over 90 years. The documentary Our Power traces the footsteps of the Latrobe Valley’s history, starting from the coal community’s birth in the 1920s to the establishment of the State Electricity... Read More

by , 6 months ago


Ecological Sustainability, Economic Justice, Participatory Democracy, Social Justice

Green Anti-Immigration Arguments Are A Cover For Right Wing Populism

With the backdrop of dramatic decrease in migration to Australia in 2018 to a 10 year low, the population debate has reared its ugly head. In recent months Dick Smith has run an advertising blitz with the title ‘overpopulation will destroy Australia’ that compares population growth to cancer and recently took stage at Dark + Dangerous Thoughts at Mona arguing... Read More

by Simon Copland , 6 months ago


What Would A Fair Energy Transition Look Like?
Ecological Sustainability, Economic Justice, How we'll make change

What Would A Fair Energy Transition Look Like?

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten announced last week that a federal Labor government would create a Just Transition Authority to overseee Australia’s transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. This echoes community calls for a “fast and fair” energy transition to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. But disruptive change is already here for Australia’s energy sector. 2018 has been... Read More

by and , 8 months ago


Ecological Sustainability, Economic Justice, Social Justice, Uncategorised, What alternatives?

The Environmental Impacts Of UBI And A Shorter Working Week

Continuing our series on UBI: In this essay, republished from the Green Institute’s ‘Can Less Work Be More Fair?’ discussion paper on Universal Basic Income and a shorter working week, Professor Greg Marston argues that a UBI and shorter working week could play an important role in creating the conditions for a sustainable and equitable ‘good life’. [...]

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by Greg Marston , 12 months ago