Category: Environment

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...

The Gendered and Ideological Politics of Meat

The Gendered and Ideological Politics of Meat

When Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) announced the details of her Green New Deal, its mention of the beef industry inspired some of the most ire from her critics. The policy suggests that our government should work with ranchers and farmers to reduce the agricultural sector’s greenhouse gas emissions, and a prematurely published FAQ page on her...

UK Becomes First Country to Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’

UK Becomes First Country to Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Chris Turney, Professor of Earth Science and Climate Change, ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage, UNSW. Last week a bipartisan UK Parliament passed an extraordinary measure: a national declaration of an Environment and Climate Emergency. The UK is the first national...

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...

Climate Change Policies: How Do Australian Labor, the Coalition and the Greens Compare?

Climate Change Policies: How Do Australian Labor, the Coalition and the Greens Compare?

Last week, the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) released a scorecard, assessing Australia’s three major parties, The Australian Greens, Australian Labor Party (ALP) and the Liberal National Party aka the Coalition, on 50 key policies across four main areas: renewables investment, coal phase out, stopping Adani’s coal mine and protecting the natural environment. The highest possible...

Climate Joy Week #4: The Good Climate News Making Headlines this Week…

Climate Joy Week #4: The Good Climate News Making Headlines this Week…

In this week’s ‘Climate Joy’ series, we celebrate the efforts of governments and organisations taking sustainable strides. From Washington to Quito, people across the globe are increasingly striving for a better future for the environment and our unborn ones. 1. Washington State Commits to 100% Renewable Energy Another American state makes it to our Climate...