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Your pictures from the People’s Climate March

Posted on September 22, 2014 at 12:05 by Jess Macleod

So many inspiring pictures are flooding in from the People’s Climate March events around the world. Spread the word to turn up the heat on politicians attending the UN climate summit this week.

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Were you there yesterday? Share your photos with us in the comments

Arctic 30 one year anniversary: Their freedom is our freedom

Posted on September 22, 2014 at 10:43 by Alex Harris

The right to peaceful protest is a core tenet of a healthy society — the inherent human right to stand up and be counted, to challenge unjust laws, and sometimes, when the system has failed, to put our bodies in the way of destruction and give voice to the voiceless.

It’s been one year now since our peaceful action was intercepted by armed Russian FSB agents; nearly one year since we were unlawfully charged with piracy and sent to jail for more than two months. Not a day goes by that we don’t think of the time we spent in jail in Murmansk and St. Petersburg, or about the fact that we did not see justice — we are free, yes, but we were granted amnesty for a crime we did not commit. But at least we are home with our families, which is more than we can say for the thousands of other activists around the world who continue to be persecuted or imprisoned for standing up for what they believe in. (more…)

When ‘popular policy’ isn’t so popular: 4 surprising things Australians think about climate change

Posted on September 22, 2014 at 09:31 by Rashini Suriyaarachchi

Try as they might, climate change deniers have been unable to convince Australians that extreme weather events aren’t increasing, and that fossil fuel companies are innocent bystanders to global warming. Check out the results of new Australian polling below.

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Image via @geeksrulz on Twitter

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Coal Dead Hand

Posted on September 21, 2014 at 14:45 by Jess Macleod

Are you buckled in? We’re on a crash course to last century!

Oops, it’s just 2014 in Australia.

Despite having made great strides toward a green and sustainable future, Australia is now heading backwards, with the coal industry influential in repealing action on global warming and renewable energy.

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Coal is now a major problem for our democracy; from its economic, political and health impacts to its implications on regional and community authority and social justice.

Join us for a debate addressing the role of the Australian coal industry as we underscore their extensive influence and propose alternatives for the future.

Greenpeace and the Australia Institute invite the public, students, policy makers, and critical thinkers to contribute to an evening of panel-led discussion about the relationship between coal mining and representative government in Australia. After short introductions from each of our panellists, we will open the evening for questions and comments from audience members.

The event is hosted by Jonathan Holmes alongside speakers David Ritter, Paddy Manning, Bill McKibben (via video), Dr Richard Denniss, Dr David McKnight, Associate Professor Ruth Colagiuri & John Krey.

Don’t miss out, RSVP here

Tiny beads, big problem: Is there plastic in your facewash?

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 09:49 by Rashini Suriyaarachchi

When you think about the environmental impact of washing your face, you’re probably just worried about wasting water. Unfortunately, when you’re scrubbing away every morning you could also be washing the health of our oceans down your drain.

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From the threat plastic shopping bags post to marine life, to the infamous Pacific ‘trash island’ – we already know our oceans are choking with plastic. Much harder to see and stop from entering our waterways are plastic microbeads. So what do we do? (more…)

Coal, Divestment and Democracy

Posted on September 18, 2014 at 17:06 by Rashini Suriyaarachchi

By John Keane, University of Sydney

Pushed and pulled in different directions by government policies and market forces, modern universities try hard to be public institutions for the public good. Fond of proclamations, their efforts are impressive – sources of hope in times when many people feel things are not going well.

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The University of Sydney, the publicly-funded institution where I am based and which hosts the Sydney Democracy Network, is no exception.

In a period of mounting threats to our biosphere, the University’s Environmental Policy proclaims its commitment to environmental best practice across all of its activities, and to set the standard where none exists.

The University of Sydney’s Investment Policy governs the University’s $1 billion endowment. It commits the University to invest according to Environmental, Social and Governance principles, and explicitly excludes investments in tobacco, cluster bombs and land mines. (more…)

Are you on the right side of history?

Posted on September 16, 2014 at 17:12 by Greenpeace Australia Pacific

The People’s Climate March will take place this coming Sunday. And with around 2,000 events planned, including huge rallies in New York and London, this may well prove to be the large climate rally in history. But what is the People’s Climate March, and why is it happening now? Some background… In the final week Continue reading →