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Seminar To Watch: Towards Ecological Democracy – A Political Theory For The 21st Century

30 Aug 2019

This month Green Institute Executive Director, Tim Hollo, presented a seminar ‘Towards Ecological Democracy – A Political Theory For The 21st Century’ at the Australian National University in Canberra. He presented a theory of ecological democracy that seeks to apply the fundamentals of ecology to politics, articulating a vision of…

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European Green Wave – Webinar With Reinhard Butikofer

28 Aug 2019

In this year’s European elections, Greens parties saw a surge in support, lifting their representation in the European Parliament from 50 to 75 MEPs. Greens now account for 10% of the representatives, making them the fourth largest bloc after the centre right, the social democrats and the liberals, and ahead…

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Publications

Rebalancing Rights: Communities, Corporations And Nature

Rebalancing Rights: Communities, Corporations And Nature

29 Mar 2019

If BHP Billiton has rights, and can act as a legal person, why shouldn’t the Great Barrier Reef? What would change if we decided that the natural world we are part of had rights of its own – the right to exist, to habitat, to be free from pollution? This collection began its life as an exploration of the concept…

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Views Of A UBI

14 Jun 2017

What would you do if you knew you wouldn’t be left behind? Nine Australians’ “Views of a UBI” 14 JUNE 2017 What would your life be like if you—and everyone around you—had a Universal Basic Income? How would it change the choices you make to know that there was a no-questions-asked, non-judgmental, society-wide support in place that we all contribute to…

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Can Less Work be More Fair?

9 Dec 2016

We need to talk about UBI and shorter working hours Does a world with more insecure work need to be a world of greater instability and fear? Are protectionism and nationalism appropriate responses? Are there alternative policy approaches which can bring people and communities together instead of driving them ever further apart? With global politics in a state of flux,…

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Green Agenda

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

30 Aug 2019

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...

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Time To Rebel: Civil Disobedience For The Planet

5 Aug 2019

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...

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

12 Jul 2019

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...

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Politics Of Peace And Patience

6 Jul 2019

Dr Frank Habineza is the President of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda, who in September 2018 was elected as one of two Greens MPs in the Rwandan national Parliament. In October 2018, former Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam caught up with him in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, to...

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Events

Cultivating Democracy: Green Institute Conference, 15-17 November, 2019

Cultivating Democracy: Green Institute Conference, 15-17 November, 2019

15-17 November, 2019

Democracy – it’s always been incomplete, compromised and fragile, but today our democratic systems and institutions are under threat like never before. With ecological breakdown underway, inequality spiralling, colonialism and patriarchy still not dismantled, and the hate-fuelled far right on the rise, we desperately need democracies which are able to both reverse these trends and create hope-filled resilience in…

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The European Green Wave: What's Going On? With Reinhard Butikofer MEP

The European Green Wave: What’s Going On? With Reinhard Butikofer MEP

27 August, 2019

Be sure to come along to this Green Institute Webinar with Reinhard Butikofer MEP who is the European Greens Party Co-chair and MEP for the German Green party Bündnis90/Die Grünen. Last month’s European elections saw another surge towards the Greens, leaping from 50 to 74 seats in the European Parliament. The results are particularly astonishing in Germany, where the…

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Towards Ecological Democracy - A Political Theory For The 21st Century

Towards Ecological Democracy – A Political Theory For The 21st Century

20 August 2019

In this seminar, Towards Ecological Democracy – A Political Theory For The 21st Century, Green Institute Executive Director, Tim Hollo, will present a theory of ecological democracy which seeks to apply the fundamentals of ecology to politics, articulating a vision of interconnection, interdependence, and resilience in diversity. Active, constructive critique and participation are welcome. Tuesday, 20 August…

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