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‘Do-Gooders’, Conservatives and Reluctant Recyclers: How Personal Morals Can Be Harnessed for Climate Action

‘Do-Gooders’, Conservatives and Reluctant Recyclers: How Personal Morals Can Be Harnessed for Climate Action

There’s no shortage of evidence pointing to the need to act urgently on climate change. Most recently, a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change confirmed Earth has warmed 1.09? since pre-industrial times and many changes, such as sea-level rise and glacier melt, cannot be stopped. Clearly, emissions reduction efforts to date have fallen...

Want to Act on Climate Change But Not Sure How? Tweaking these 3 Parts of Your Life Will Make the Biggest Difference

Want to Act on Climate Change But Not Sure How? Tweaking these 3 Parts of Your Life Will Make the Biggest Difference

Last month’s dire report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change may have left you feeling overwhelmed, or unsure what to do next. We often hear about ways everyday people can tackle climate change, but which acts will make the biggest difference? The academic literature tells us three spheres of our lives contribute most to...

Ordinary People, Extraordinary Change: Addressing the Climate Emergency Through ‘Quiet Activism’

Ordinary People, Extraordinary Change: Addressing the Climate Emergency Through ‘Quiet Activism’

Across the world, people worried about the impacts of climate change are seeking creative and meaningful ways to transform their urban environments. One such approach is known as “quiet activism”. “Quiet activism” refers to the extraordinary measures taken by ordinary people as part of their everyday lives, to address the climate emergency at the local...

7 Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds for a Zero Waste Kitchen

7 Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds for a Zero Waste Kitchen

Courtesy of Seven Miles Coffee Roasters As a nation of coffee lovers, it’ll be no surprise to read that on average Australians drink 175 cups of coffee a year. And while we all know the importance of reusable cups and other sustainable options, many don’t know the wastage that comes from simple coffee grounds. However,...

1 in 2 Primary-Aged Kids Have Strong Connections to Nature, But This Drops Off in Teenage Years. Here’s How to Reverse the Trend

1 in 2 Primary-Aged Kids Have Strong Connections to Nature, But This Drops Off in Teenage Years. Here’s How to Reverse the Trend

Parents and researchers have long suspected city kids are disconnecting from nature due to technological distractions, indoor lifestyles and increased urban density. Limited access to nature during COVID-19 lockdowns has heightened such fears. In fact, “nature-deficit disorder” has become a buzzword, driving concerns about children’s well-being and their ability to understand and care for the...

Climate Change Has Already Hit Australia. Unless We Act Now, a Hotter, Drier and More Dangerous Future Awaits, IPCC Warns

Climate Change Has Already Hit Australia. Unless We Act Now, a Hotter, Drier and More Dangerous Future Awaits, IPCC Warns

Australia is experiencing widespread, rapid climate change not seen for thousands of years and may warm by 4? or more this century, according to a highly anticipated report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The assessment, released on Monday, also warns of unprecedented increases in climate extremes such as bushfires, floods and drought....

Not Declaring the Great Barrier Reef as ‘In Danger’ Only Postpones the Inevitable

Not Declaring the Great Barrier Reef as ‘In Danger’ Only Postpones the Inevitable

After much anticipation, the World Heritage Committee on Friday decided against listing the Great Barrier Reef as “in danger”. The decision ignored the recommendation of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre — a recommendation based on analyses by Australian scientific experts of the reef’s declining condition. In...

West African Creatives Receive Spotlight as Ethical Fashion Initiative Announces New Designer Accelerator Participants

West African Creatives Receive Spotlight as Ethical Fashion Initiative Announces New Designer Accelerator Participants

After careful consideration, six talented West African creatives have been chosen to participate in the new Ethical Fashion Initiative (EFI) Designer Accelerator (a flagship of the International Trade Centre – a joint agency of the United Nations and World Trade Organisation). Highlighting the programme’s commitment to African youth, sustainability and diversity, participants selected to enter the two-year programme which will begin...

‘Although We Didn’t Produce These Problems, We Suffer Them’: 3 Ways You Can Help in NAIDOC’s Call to Heal Country

‘Although We Didn’t Produce These Problems, We Suffer Them’: 3 Ways You Can Help in NAIDOC’s Call to Heal Country

NAIDOC week has just begun and, after several tumultuous years of disasters in Australia, the theme this year is Heal Country. In the last two years, Australia has suffered crippling drought that saw the Darling-Baaka run dry, catastrophic bushfires, and major flooding throughout coastal and inland areas of Australia’s east. Just two weeks ago, UNESCO’s...

Australian Government was ‘Blindsided’ by UN Recommendation to List Great Barrier Reef as In-Danger. But it’s no Great Surprise

Australian Government was ‘Blindsided’ by UN Recommendation to List Great Barrier Reef as In-Danger. But it’s no Great Surprise

The Australian government on Tuesday expressed shock at a draft decision to list the Great Barrier Reef as “in danger”. But the recommendation has been looming for some time. The recommendation, by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), acknowledges Australia’s commitment to implementing...

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...