This is the text of Tim Hollo’s opening speech to the Green Institute conference, Cultivating Democracy, on November 15, 2019. Audio and transcriptions of the other presentations on the day will be posted in the coming weeks as they become available. On behalf of the Green Institute and all of…Read More
Humanity In Nature
When most of us live lives disconnected from nature, rarely see wild animals, have even lost the vocabulary to identify plants and animals, how can we truly understand the changes that we are driving? How can we mourn what we never really knew?
We seek to demonstrate that a truly progressive politics is inherently green: if you consider that humanity is part of nature, you cannot work to improve humanity’s lot without cherishing and protecting nature.
I start by acknowledging that we are on the land of the Ngunnawal and Ngamberi people and paying respects to their elders, past, present and emerging. This always was and always will be Aboriginal land, and any conversation about its future, about how we face up to the enormous challenges…Read More
Like many of you, I have friends and loved ones right now in the paths of some of the most destructive fires Australia has yet seen. I sit, horrified, in front of my screen, reloading pages, hoping to hear good news, thinking about what I need to do to prepare…Read More
“This is what democracy looks like!” I don’t know about you, but when I heard thousands of kids chanting that at the Climate Strike last week, it sent shivers of joy and excitement down my spine. Proud father moment – that’s my daughter MC’ing Canberra’s 15,000 strong strike! One of…Read More
One of the highlights of my work year is always the superb NENA conference – the annual gathering of the New Economy Network Australia. This year, we gathered in Melbourne, over the last three days, with a focus on the Commons and on food. There were conversations all day…Read More
Tim Hollo, Executive Director: After close to 20 years campaigning for climate action, when I first started making noises about fighting back against public space advertising I got some strange looks. What are you worrying about that for? We’ve got far bigger issues to focus on, haven’t we? What’s interesting…Read More
Watch Tim Hollo’s speech at Ngara Institute‘s Politics In the Pub event in Mullumbimby on 26 September, 2018 or read the transcript here now. Article 1. (1) Mother Earth is an indivisible, self-regulating community of interrelated beings each of whom is defined by its…Read More
LET’S TALK ECOLOGICAL DEMOCRACY! REGISTER FOR OUR WEBINAR NOW! It’s been really exciting to see and hear the reaction to Towards Ecological Democracy. People across the country, from all sorts of different perspectives, have called or emailed or joined the Facebook conversation or even sent over…Read More
The Commons is a beautiful, ancient and radical idea of how to be in the world. But in today’s world, where politics and economics are seen almost entirely through the prisms of individualism and self-interest, it’s an idea which we struggle to understand – or see as possible. Because we…Read More
Looking at politics around the world today, it’s not a pretty sight, is it? From poker machine companies buying the Tasmanian election to coal companies preventing climate action; from global treaties being negotiated by, with and for transnational corporations to civil society groups being denied the right to campaign and…Read More