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A Type of ‘Biodegradable’ Plastic Will Soon Be Phased Out in Australia. That’s a Big Win for the Environment

A Type of ‘Biodegradable’ Plastic Will Soon Be Phased Out in Australia. That’s a Big Win for the Environment

To start dealing with Australia’s mounting plastic crisis, the federal government last week launched its first National Plastics Plan. The plan will fight plastic on various fronts, such as banning plastic on beaches, ending polystyrene packaging for takeaway containers, and phasing in microplastic filters in washing machines. But we’re particularly pleased to see a main...

Why Indigenous Knowledge Should Be An Essential Part of How We Govern the World’s Oceans

Why Indigenous Knowledge Should Be An Essential Part of How We Govern the World’s Oceans

Our moana (ocean) is in a state of unprecedented ecological crisis. Multiple, cumulative impacts include pollution, sedimentation, overfishing, drilling and climate change. All affect the health of both marine life and coastal communities. To reverse the decline and avoid reaching tipping points, we must adopt more holistic and integrated governance and management approaches. Indigenous peoples...

World Localization Day: Why We Need to Localize Our Food Economies Now

World Localization Day: Why We Need to Localize Our Food Economies Now

An international campaign, World Localization Day, offers a new economic vision – broadly termed ‘localization’ – that can increase wellbeing and prosperity for the majority, while systemically reducing resource-use, emissions and toxic pollution. June 20 2021 marks the return of the international campaign, which aims to galvanize the worldwide localization movement into a force for...

In a Landmark Judgment, the Federal Court Found the Environment Minister Has a Duty of Care to Young People

In a Landmark Judgment, the Federal Court Found the Environment Minister Has a Duty of Care to Young People

The Australian Federal Court delivered a landmark judgement on climate change, marking an important moment in our history. The class action case was brought on behalf of all Australian children and teenagers, against Environment Minister Sussan Ley. Their aim was to prevent Ley from possibly approving the Whitehaven coal mine extension project, near Gunnedah in...

Sea Shepherd Releases a Short Film on Illegal Fishing in Africa

Sea Shepherd Releases a Short Film on Illegal Fishing in Africa

A new documentary featuring Sea Shepherd is seeing unpredicted success and recently scored the position of top 10 most-watched shows on Netflix in Australia and other regions. Titled ‘Seaspiracy’, the documentary explores the plight of the ocean and claims to ‘uncover alarming global corruption’.  The film is sparking heated debate across the globe, and the...

Tesla’s Bitcoin About-Face is a Warning for Cryptocurrencies that Ignore Climate Change

Tesla’s Bitcoin About-Face is a Warning for Cryptocurrencies that Ignore Climate Change

Over the weekend, Tesla chief executive Elon Musk suggested his company could sell off its Bitcoin holdings, sending the cryptocurrency plummeting. It followed Musk’s announcement earlier this month that his company would no longer accept Bitcoin in payment for its electric cars, due to the fossil fuels needed to create the digital currency. Bitcoin is...

Not Business as Usual: Over 207 Australian Businesses Pledge to Participate in School Strike 4 Climate

Not Business as Usual: Over 207 Australian Businesses Pledge to Participate in School Strike 4 Climate

SYDNEY, Australia: On the 21st of May, the School Strike 4 Climate is having their first national strike since 2019, organised by students around the country – and this year Australian businesses are joining them.  Not Business as Usual is urging other Australian business leaders to join them on May 21 2021 by publicly allowing...

The Trucking Industry Has Begun to Turn Electric — But Passenger Vehicles Will Take a Little Longer

The Trucking Industry Has Begun to Turn Electric — But Passenger Vehicles Will Take a Little Longer

Australia’s trucking industry is making moves to go electric. The latest development — a system for using swappable batteries instead of time-consuming recharge stations for long-haul trucks between Sydney and Brisbane — shows how this transition is gathering momentum. There will be clear socio-economic, environmental and health-related benefits from the switch to electric trucks —...

Marlee Matlin in Sustainable Red Carpet Dress at the 93rd Academy Awards

Marlee Matlin in Sustainable Red Carpet Dress at the 93rd Academy Awards

Los Angeles, California: The youngest Academy Award winner for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her work in “Children Of A Lesser God” and to date the only deaf performer to win an Academy Award, Marlee Matlin represented the Red Carpet Green Dress™ (RCGD) initiative in collaboration with TENCEL™ at this year’s Oscars. The actress...

8 Years After the Rana Plaza Tragedy, Bangladesh’s Garment Workers Are Still Bottom of the Pile

8 Years After the Rana Plaza Tragedy, Bangladesh’s Garment Workers Are Still Bottom of the Pile

The 2013 Dhaka garment factory collapse, killing more than 1,100 workers and injuring 2,600 more, is the clothing industry’s worst ever industrial incident. It is not just the body count, though, that made the collapse of the Rana Plaza, a nine-story building in the Bangladeshi industrial city of Savar (near Dhaka), capture global attention (briefly)...

Ocean Legacy Foundation Launches Free Online Educational Platform, EPIC Academy

Ocean Legacy Foundation Launches Free Online Educational Platform, EPIC Academy

VANCOUVER, BC: Ocean Legacy Foundation (OLF), a Canadian non-profit organization that develops and implements worldwide plastic pollution emergency response programs, with the goal to end ocean plastic pollution, today announced that they have launched EPIC Academy. EPIC Academy is a free online educational platform providing worldwide communities with essential knowledge regarding ocean plastic pollution, cleanup...