This summer, we’ve witnessed the stirrings of ecological collapse in Australia on a grand scale. The impacts of the pillaging of our land and the pollution of our atmosphere by those who care only about short term profits are becoming impossible to ignore. In this context, the…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 hope that you have been enjoying drenching rains, like we have here in Canberra. Wonderful though it is, it reminds me of the amazing capacity of the human mind to move on swiftly from trauma. The fires are over, and for those of us not personally picking up the…Read More
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…Read More
As I sat down to write this—struggling with how to get on with normal life while, just down the road, a massive fire burns in one of my favourite places and smoke turns the morning light a ghastly orange—two kookaburras suddenly started laughing in the tall eucalypts behind my home.Read More
Featured below is an audio podcast of the panel ‘Democracy And Ecology’ at The Green Institute conference, Cultivating Democracy, on November 15, 2019. This podcast captures the audio from ‘Democracy And Ecology’ session facilitated by Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, with speakers: Margaret Blakers, Nicky Ison and Dr Natalie Osborne.Read More
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
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