Category: Activism

It’s Time to Start Hassling the Politicians, Global Carbon Emissions Reaches New Record High

It’s Time to Start Hassling the Politicians, Global Carbon Emissions Reaches New Record High

Leaders from countries across the globe are in Poland for a new round of climate talks, otherwise known as COP24. They’re still trying to find agreement on how to keep climate change from rising to two degrees Celsius. As has been frequently discussed by climate scientists, when global temperatures rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius, the...

The Problem with Apu: Why We Need Better Portrayals of People of Colour on Television

The Problem with Apu: Why We Need Better Portrayals of People of Colour on Television

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Sukhmani Khorana, Senior Lecturer (Media and Culture), University of Wollongong. While giving a talk at a community arts organisation in Parramatta on why the stories of diverse areas like Western Sydney are not seen on mainstream screens, I was introduced to a screenwriter who had...

When Political Correctness Hurts the Sustainability Movement

When Political Correctness Hurts the Sustainability Movement

Political correctness simply put, is the avoidance of forms of expression or action that are perceived to exclude, marginalize, or insult groups of people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against. Originally, as the term indicates, political correctness was a way of life reserved for politicians whose jobs demanded that they always be on the...

The Green New Deal: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Ambitious Plan to Tackle Climate Change

The Green New Deal: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Ambitious Plan to Tackle Climate Change

There’s no stopping Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York. The Democrat wonderkid who became the youngest person ever to be elected into Congress at the recent US midterms isn’t wasting time; just over a week into winning her Congressional race and not yet sworn in (this happens in January) she is already pushing for long-term climate agenda....

How to Advocate for the Sustainability Culture That You Want in Your Local Community

How to Advocate for the Sustainability Culture That You Want in Your Local Community

Over the past few years, our global consciousness has expanded to recognize the importance of individual actions in preserving our planet. 2018, for example, has been the year of the “straw ban,” led primarily by individuals through grassroots social media efforts. The “straw ban” has been particularly remarkable because the efforts of average people, harnessed...

Why Google’s Employees Walked Out and What It Could Mean for the Future of Labor

Why Google’s Employees Walked Out and What It Could Mean for the Future of Labor

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Thomas Kochan, George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management Professor, Work and Organization Studies Co-Director, MIT Sloan Institute for Work and Employment Research, MIT Sloan School of Management. The recent walkout by thousands of Google employees at offices around the world was the...

Greta Thunberg, The 15-Year-Old ‘Radical’ Climate Activist Demanding Systemic Change

Greta Thunberg, The 15-Year-Old ‘Radical’ Climate Activist Demanding Systemic Change

On Saturday, around 10,000 people marched in Helsinki for “The Time to Act is Now!” climate rally to demand Finland’s politicians implement climate policies to curb the country’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and commit to zero emissions by 2035. The demonstration comes just weeks after the UN’s recent IPCC report revealed that drastic measures were...

‘If She Can See It, She Can Be It’: The Importance of Female STEM Characters in Media

‘If She Can See It, She Can Be It’: The Importance of Female STEM Characters in Media

According to new research conducted by The Lyda Hill Foundation and Geena Davis’s Institute, improving media depictions of females in STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – will encourage more women into these fields. The study entitled “Portray Her: Representations of Women STEM Characters in Media” is the most comprehensive analysis of STEM characters in entertainment...

5 Inspiring American Female Political Leaders Challenging the Status Quo

5 Inspiring American Female Political Leaders Challenging the Status Quo

When it comes to female leadership and women’s empowerment, we often think of Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Sheryl Sandberg and Malala Yousafzai. But there is a new generation of inspiring female leaders and particularly in the male-dominated field of politics who are shaking things up and providing plenty of hope for what our future could look...

Rise For Climate: Activists Call for 100% Clean Renewable Energy

Rise For Climate: Activists Call for 100% Clean Renewable Energy

The Rise For Climate global day of action on September 8 brought together locals, concerned citizens and activists to demand a transition to 100 percent clean renewable energy. The event brought 250,000 people to over 900 events in 95 countries. Organised by 350.org and supported by various interest and advocacy groups around the world such as charities, unions,...

Top 10 Items Collected at Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup All Made of Plastic

Top 10 Items Collected at Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup All Made of Plastic

Ocean Conservancy’s 33rd annual International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) is on September 15. The world’s largest single-day volunteer effort to fight against ocean plastic pollution, this year the non-profit launches their new #SuitUpToCleanUp campaign encouraging people to suit up and head to their local beach or waterway to help pick up litter and plastic debris and...