Ecological Sustainability

The Climate Emergency As A Governance Emergency: A Bold Case For Democratic Reform
Ecological Sustainability, Featured, How we'll make change, Participatory Democracy

The Climate Emergency As A Governance Emergency: A Bold Case For Democratic Reform

On the 20th of September, millions of protestors marched across 85 countries demanding climate action. The image of hundreds of thousands of young demonstrators taking to the streets send a message that time is running out, that an urgent response is needed from world leaders. Raising alarm, however, is only the first step. Equally important is forging a global consensus... Read More

by , 6 days ago


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

Protecting Our Right To Peaceful Dissent In The Face Of Climate Breakdown

It is difficult to overstate the importance and influence of disruptive, peaceful protest and non-violent direct action in social change. On countless issues like women’s rights, LGBTIQ+ rights, justice for First Nations people, rights for workers, or campaigns against racism and xenophobia, large-scale protest, including disruption and direct action have been an essential ingredient of success. Globally, recent months have... Read More

by Simon Copland , 3 weeks ago

Protecting Our Right To Peaceful Dissent In The Face Of Climate Breakdown

Do Nuclear-Powered Electrons Have Balls? Hyper-Masculine Domination VS Ecological Politics
Ecological Sustainability, Featured, Social Justice

Do Nuclear-Powered Electrons Have Balls? Hyper-Masculine Domination VS Ecological Politics

There’s been a flurry of stories recently about men apparently choosing not to recycle, or carry reusable shopping bags, because they’re worried people might question their sexuality. The reporting is based on research by Janet K. Swim, a professor of psychology at Penn State University, studying the perception of certain pro-environmental behaviours as having a particular gendered nature. She did... Read More

by , 2 months ago


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 Simon Copland , 3 months ago


Lessons From The Election Part 2: Unions And The Environment Movement
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 , 3 months ago


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 Elissa Jenkins , 5 months ago

Emancipation In The Anthropocene | Green Agenda

Balginjirr “A Special Place On Our Home River Country”!
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 , 5 months ago


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 Simon Copland , 7 months ago

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

Signing Up For Extinction - Swift Parrot
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 , 7 months ago


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 Simon Copland , 8 months ago

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