Economy

Culture, Economy, Environment, Featured, Green Agenda 2024:1, Social Justice

Will we keep cranking up the aircon as we watch the planet burn? 

We have conjured up a dark future with our addiction to air-conditioning, but as we enjoy our dream lifestyle, this luxury is cooking the planet and sentencing the poorest and most disadvantaged to a nightmare of cooling poverty. [...]

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, 2 weeks ago


Culture, Democracy, Economy, Environment, Featured, Green Agenda 2024:1, Social Justice

Solid swings but not many ward wins – unpacking the results of the 2024 Brisbane City Council election

Well it’s six days since the council election, and the last few postal votes are being scrutinised closely, with the Greens frustratingly close to winning in a couple of different electorates both in Brissie and elsewhere in South-East Queensland. Across Brisbane’s 26 wards, the Greens primary vote has grown by a very healthy 5.2% on average, to 23%. (There’s a few percentage points difference... Read More

by , 1 month ago


Economy, Environment, Featured, Green Agenda Journal 2023: Volume Three

Feet, bikes, busses and trains, not electric cars

To build a just and thriving future, we must shift our focus from electric vehicles to the power of walking, cycling, and public transport. [...]

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, 1 month ago


Democracy, Economy, Environment, Featured, Green Agenda Journal 2023: Volume Three, Theory

Sustainable materialism as political action

Are these kinds of movements the solution to all of our troubles? Absolutely not. Do the mainly white western environmental activists doing this work think it’s everything? Of course not. But are sustainable materialist movements politically valuable? Absolutely. For this project I wanted to examine positive everyday practices, possibilities already being lived, grounded imaginaries, visions for a future that are... Read More

by , 6 months ago


Culture, Democracy, Economy, Environment, Green Agenda Journal 2023: Volume Three, Social Justice

Talking degrowth in Zagreb

Anitra Nelson, scholar-activist and member of Degrowth Central Victoria, reports on a recent international degrowth conference and an international degrowth network assembly which took place in Zagreb in late August and early September. Zagreb (Croatia) provocatively winks at visitors. A human-scale capital of just one million inhabitants it has grown a museum of broken relationships, a museum of hangovers, a... Read More

, 7 months ago


Culture, Democracy, Economy, Environment, Featured, Green Agenda Journal 2023: Volume Two, Social Justice, Theory

Like futurology

There’s something about Tim Hollo’s Living Democracy: An ecological manifesto for the end of the world as we know it, that feels like that, like futurology. So I want to talk about the end of the world and liberation amid its end and about the kind of ecological politics that may help us get us past it. All this is... Read More

by , 8 months ago


Culture, Democracy, Economy, Featured, Green Agenda Journal 2023: Volume Two, Social Justice

Living democracy: not a blueprint, but a pathway

I am 72 years old, so I have seen the highs and lows of many progressive mass movements. Tim Hollo's optimistic but realistic outlook in Living Democracy fits closely with my own beliefs. We are clearly living through a period of massive industry and workplace transition in response to the climate catastrophe. This is the reality that campaigners and activists... Read More

, 10 months ago


Culture, Democracy, Economy, Featured, Green Agenda Journal 2023: Volume One

Quietly quitting capitalism

For many of us coming of age around the last global financial crisis, doing political work was not part of the formula to success handed down by our parents and teachers. [...]

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by , 1 year ago


Culture, Democracy, Economy, Environment, Featured, Green Agenda Journal 2023: Volume One

On mutual bicycle aid

Community bike workshops in Australia While the original formulation of ‘mutual aid’ by Kropotkin was radical and linked to changing political conditions, mutual aid in the voluntary sector of contemporary Australian society cuts across political positions, gender, race, and wealth. In this short article we will recount engagement with a growing movement of bike activists and volunteers who challenge consumerism... Read More

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Culture, Economy, Environment, Featured, Green Agenda Journal 2023: Volume One

Utopia: farming, feeding & fighting here at home

I send Ben a screenshot from Kohei Saito’s latest book Marx in the Anthropocene: Towards the idea of degrowth communism: The primary goal of capitalist production is the valorization of capital above anything else. Capitalism is driven by the insatiable desire for profit-making and constantly increases the productive capacity. In contrast, in pre-capitalist societies production was conducted for the sake of... Read More

by , 1 year ago