Category: Activism

10 of the Best Protest Signs From Australia’s School Strike for Climate

10 of the Best Protest Signs From Australia’s School Strike for Climate

Right across the world, the youth climate strike movement is gaining momentum, spearheaded by the now 16-year-old climate activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Greta Thunberg who sat outside Sweden’s parliament protesting her government’s failure to act on the biggest threat facing her generation – climate change. Students in more than 100 countries are taking Thunberg’s cue...

Young People Won’t Accept Inaction on Climate Change, and They’ll Be Voting in Droves

Young People Won’t Accept Inaction on Climate Change, and They’ll Be Voting in Droves

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Hannah Feldman, PhD Researcher in Science Communication, Australian National University. Youths are often brushed off as being politically disengaged, but the Australian Electoral Commission has reported record high numbers of youth enrolment, and climate change will be at the forefront of their minds when many...

Fashion Revolution Week Australia: Ethical Fashion Events You Should Attend

Fashion Revolution Week Australia: Ethical Fashion Events You Should Attend

This week marks the sixth year of Fashion Revolution Week and along with commemorating the anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh, this week consumers are called upon to voice for a fairer, safer and more transparent global fashion industry. If you aren’t already aware, you can read about the importance of participating in...

Your Political Involvement Matters: A Case for Participating in Politics, Elections and Government

Your Political Involvement Matters: A Case for Participating in Politics, Elections and Government

I was about fifteen the first time I realized the impact elections and the government could have directly on my life. I couldn’t even vote at the time but my parents could. My statesmen had massively voted in a little-known candidate from a very unpopular party as the State Governor and about two months into office,...

Animal Rights Activists in Melbourne: Green-Collar Criminals or Civil ‘Disobedients’?

Animal Rights Activists in Melbourne: Green-Collar Criminals or Civil ‘Disobedients’?

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Piero Moraro, Lecturer in Criminal Justice, Charles Sturt University. Thirty-nine people were arrested in Melbourne over an animal rights protest that blocked a major intersection. The protest caused chaos for commuters during the morning peak hour, and politicians and the media were quick to condemn...

Take 3 for the Sea: A Social Movement to Keep Plastic Out of Our Oceans

Take 3 for the Sea: A Social Movement to Keep Plastic Out of Our Oceans

Not-for-profit environmental organisation Take 3 For The Sea has increased their efforts in conserving the environment and protecting wildlife by creating their biggest movement yet through social media with their latest campaign the #Take3Challenge. Targeting people that are connected to the planet, the campaign encourages a simple action that leads to considerable change, encouraging everyone...

Why Making Conscious Consumer Choices Shouldn’t Be a Substitute for Political Action

Why Making Conscious Consumer Choices Shouldn’t Be a Substitute for Political Action

Editor’s note: This is the ‘Letter from the Editor’ from this week’s newsletter. We have decided to republish it here. Sign up to receive our weekly newsletters so you receive them directly in your inbox. Hey guys, The Australian election is just around the corner and I’ve got my head buried in political news, planning...

Growing Up African in Australia: Racism, Resilience and the Right to Belong

Growing Up African in Australia: Racism, Resilience and the Right to Belong

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Kathomi Gatwiri, Lecturer, Southern Cross University. Review: Growing Up African in Australia, edited by Maxine Beneba Clarke, Magan Magan and Ahmed Yussuf For many African-diaspora people in Australia, belonging means masking yourself. To fit in is to curate one’s Africanness and one’s blackness. You...