Blog

What Does “Climate Emergency” Action Mean?

20 Feb 2020

The National Climate Emergency Summit, held in Melbourne on February 14-15, was a timely and important event. The Sustainable Living Festival pulled off an impressive feat organising it, filling Melbourne Town Hall to absolute capacity, getting a huge number of people inside and outside the rooms talking about the…

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What Needs To Be Done For Us To Survive?

6 Feb 2020

I’m sure that, like me, over this terrifying summer so far, you’ve been inspired by the way communities across the country are coming together to support each other, whether it’s through fighting fires themselves or cooking meals for each other, distributing masks or gathering goods for families who’ve lost everything.

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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

The Great Green Wall: Climate Change, Conflict and Community Resilience

19 Feb 2020

The Great Green Wall is a documentary film that follows a journey along the Great Green Wall – an ambitious plan to grow a 8000km ‘wall’ of vegetation across the Sahel, from Senegal in West Africa, to Djibouti in the East. The film follows Malian musician and activist Inna Modja as...

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Going Beyond Waged Labour

12 Feb 2020

Elise Klein provided a keynote address at the Green Institute conference, Reclaiming Democracy, in 2019. In this talk she discusses the need to think beyond waged labour, seeing it as an institution that is not democratic and never will be. Introduction I want to begin by acknowledging...

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Jobs, Justice And A Liveable World: The Green New Deal And Electoral Politics

28 Jan 2020

On August 29, 2019 the UQ Greens, alongside QLD Greens MP Michael Berkman hosted the forum ‘Jobs, Justice & a Liveable World: A Green New Deal for Australia’. Looking at the leadership being provided around the world on the issue, this panel asked the question what might a Green...

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Hope, Fear, Needing And Grieving: New Year’s Eve 2020 At Malua Bay

11 Jan 2020

“Who will mend us? How will we mend?” In this piece, originally published on Valerie Braithwaite’s blog, Professor Valerie Braithwaite reflects on her experience of the 2020 bushfires on the south coast of NSW. [On Friday 3 January, 2020] I was one of the thousands who...

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Events

Environmental Protection Laws After The Fires: Learn About The EPBC Act Review And How To Make A Submission.

Environmental Protection Laws After The Fires: Learn About The EPBC Act Review And How To Make A Submission.

11 March, 2020

Environmental Protection Laws After The Fires: Learn About The EPBC Act Review And How To Make A Submission. This summer has changed everything. We are now living in the age of climate consequences, and, for so many people, old ideas of the world have burned away. For the first time, bushfires in Australia are being seen not as a “natural…

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Democracy Is Not A Spectator Sport Interactive Panel: Deepening Democracy For The Climate Emergency

February 13, 2020

Book your ticket now. In the midst of our climate emergency this interactive panel will talk boldly on why a healthy democracy matters, the key signs that tell us we need to improve our democracy, and big and tangible ideas that will deepen democracy so we can…

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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…

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