Category: Activism

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...

How (and Why) to Stay Optimistic When it Feels Like the Environment is Falling Apart

How (and Why) to Stay Optimistic When it Feels Like the Environment is Falling Apart

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Authors: Dominic McAfee, Postdoctoral researcher, marine ecology, University of Adelaide; Sean Connell, Professor, Ecology, University of Adelaide, and Zoe Doubleday, Research Fellow, University of South Australia Humans love optimism. It’s a no-brainer – optimism makes us feel good and wanting more. This attraction has deep neurological...

Nigeria Criminalised Homosexuality; Its LGBTQ Community Seeks Refuge in Fashion

Nigeria Criminalised Homosexuality; Its LGBTQ Community Seeks Refuge in Fashion

Abuja, Nigeria: The 2019 0scars have come and gone. Being a fashion enthusiast, one of the most fascinating aspects of the awards as far as I’m concerned, is the fashions on the red carpet. From Jason Momoa’s scrunchies to Spike Lee’s heels, all boundaries were pushed when it came to men’s dressing and the traditional...

Climate Change: A Climate Scientist Answers Questions From Teenagers

Climate Change: A Climate Scientist Answers Questions From Teenagers

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Chris Smith, Research Fellow in Physical Climate Change, University of Leeds. Pupils in 60 countries go on strike from school on March 15, 2019, to demand urgent action from the world’s leaders on climate change. Here, a scientist answers teenagers’ questions about climate change,...

Are Your Favorite Fashion Brands Sourcing ‘Natural’ Fibres That Are Destroying Ancient and Endangered Forests?

Are Your Favorite Fashion Brands Sourcing ‘Natural’ Fibres That Are Destroying Ancient and Endangered Forests?

By Amanda Carr. Back in the day (we’re talking just a decade or so ago), wearing an organic cotton t-shirt was THE green fashion statement. Maybe, if you were lucky, you would get your hands on something made from hemp. Add a beanie and your reputation as a nature-lover was made for life. Anyone remember...

The Sydney Mardi Gras Has Contributed Significantly to Australian History. Here’s Why Its Important…

The Sydney Mardi Gras Has Contributed Significantly to Australian History. Here’s Why Its Important…

This weekend is one of the most exciting events in Australia – the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade. The annual event, attended by a crowd of 300,000 people, will be held at the end of the month-long festival to celebrate LGBTQI communities. This year, Mardi Gras has been running since February 15th, flourishing...

Dear America, Please Step Up and Do Your Fair Share of the Climate Change Heavy Lifting…

Dear America, Please Step Up and Do Your Fair Share of the Climate Change Heavy Lifting…

In November 2018, the second volume of the National Climate Assessment Report mandated by the US government and prepared by the American scientific community was released and was met with an equal dose of cheer and concern. The report was made very popular by the decision of the current US administration to “bury” the report...