Category: Activism

How to Answer the Argument that Australia’s Emissions are Too Small to Make a Difference

How to Answer the Argument that Australia’s Emissions are Too Small to Make a Difference

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Authors: Matt McDonald, Associate Professor of International Relations, The University of Queensland. After a recent foray into the debate over Australia’s so-called “climate election”, I received plenty of critical replies to my argument that Australians should take climate action more seriously. The most common rebuttal was...

Is it Worth Debating Climate Deniers and ‘Skeptics’?

Is it Worth Debating Climate Deniers and ‘Skeptics’?

As advocates, we naturally want to persuade others we come in contact with to act, to do something or change the way they approach the world. As climate advocates, we’re torn between persuading people (with the means to) to change their habits while pressuring governments to adequately regulate the industries who ruin our planet with...

Abortion, Transphobia and Racism in America

Abortion, Transphobia and Racism in America

Reactionary, regressive politics continue to dominate conservatism in the U.S. The State of Alabama signed into law a draconian ban on all abortion with no exemptions for rape or incest; Georgia outlawed abortion after a fetal heartbeat could be detected, roughly six weeks after conception, before most people know they’re pregnant; Ohio, Mississippi, and Kentucky...

How to Have Better Arguments About the Environment (or Anything Else)

How to Have Better Arguments About the Environment (or Anything Else)

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. From climate change to armed conflict, our world is struggling with urgent global issues. But disagreements about how to solve them can spiral out of control. The only way to resolve intractable conflicts is to overcome desire to talk to allies more often than opponents....

Mixed Feelings About Australia’s Climate Change Election

Mixed Feelings About Australia’s Climate Change Election

Note: This letter was originally published in our weekly newsletter and is being republished here. Hey guys, Emotions were running high on Saturday night. I was excited for what was to come and as the hours rolled on, watching the live election count, the excitement turned to horror realising that we were having our very own Trump moment. I had purchased...

How Should I Vote if I Care About Preventing the Extinction of Nature?

How Should I Vote if I Care About Preventing the Extinction of Nature?

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Some voters heading to the polls this weekend may be casting their ballot with biodiversity in mind, after a major UN report released last week highlighted the global extinction crisis facing more than a million species. Australia is an extinction hotspot: we are second only...