Today is World Environment Day. How does one mark World Environment Day in the world we’re living in right now? In a world where centuries of colonialism and racist oppression are spilling into open insurrection again, while we’re still in the midst of a global pandemic, what should we say…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.
On May 7, the Green Institute was privileged to have Dr Tjanara Goreng Goreng and Lidia Thorpe speaking with us on Indigenous Democracy Now, as the first of our Covid Democracy series. The conversation Tjanara and Lidia led us through went from deep spiritual connection to each other and to…Read More
In the midst of these extraordinary times, it takes a bit of an effort to remember that the COVID-19 pandemic came hot on the heels of the worst bushfire season we’d ever had, following a terrible drought and horrific fish kills, and the third mass bleaching event on the Great…Read More
These are extraordinary times. Everyone I talk to at the moment is feeling like their head is spinning. As well as fearing for our own and our loved ones’ health, and trying to keep our kids focussed on their education from home while we work or search for a new…Read More
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
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