Category: Activism

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...

10 Advocacy Dos and Don’ts to Help You Become a Better Social Justice and Environmental Advocate

10 Advocacy Dos and Don’ts to Help You Become a Better Social Justice and Environmental Advocate

Looking around your community or the world, you may be compelled to fight to remedy injustice. Welcome to advocacy. However, an earnest belief does not a great advocate make, alone. You must be strategic in your message down to the word use or the frame you use. Convincing one person, let alone an entire community to change...

Art Installation Made From 168,000 Used Plastic Straws Encourages People to Reduce Single-Use Plastic Consumption

Art Installation Made From 168,000 Used Plastic Straws Encourages People to Reduce Single-Use Plastic Consumption

Just weeks after his three-storey art installation filled with a lifetime of clothing “World’s Tallest Closet” was displayed in Egypt exploring the first world’s obsession with consumption, visual engineer and ‘artivist’ Benjamin Von Wong is at it again, creating an art installation made from 168,000 used plastic straws in Vietnam. While the original design was...

Are Women Escaping Family Violence Overseas Considered Refugees?

Are Women Escaping Family Violence Overseas Considered Refugees?

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Tamara Wood, Centre Affiliate, Andrew and Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, UNSW Saudi teenager Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun’s story has travelled around the world this week, highlighting Saudi Arabia’s repressive treatment of women and that not only those who seek asylum by sea face...

The Concept of Women’s Rights and the Fight for Equality: The Nigerian Perspective

The Concept of Women’s Rights and the Fight for Equality: The Nigerian Perspective

On the morning of December 3rd 1929, Nnayereuwa, a woman from the Aba region of Southeastern Nigeria, alongside roughly ten thousand other women created a landmark in the country’s history as it relates to the rights of women in the nation and by extension, throughout the African continent. That morning, after a scuffle with a...

Calling All Artists, Musicians and Creatives: The Climate Movement Needs Your Help!

Calling All Artists, Musicians and Creatives: The Climate Movement Needs Your Help!

Whoever you are, you’re dependent on your environment; for example, weather fluctuations affects us all. From the icy chills of Alaska down to the heat and scorching sands of the Sahara, in every corner or region of the world, the state of the air, atmosphere, temperature and other outside conditions (such as rain or cloudiness)...