Category: Musings

How to Answer the Argument that Australia’s Emissions are Too Small to Make a Difference

How to Answer the Argument that Australia’s Emissions are Too Small to Make a Difference

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Authors: Matt McDonald, Associate Professor of International Relations, The University of Queensland. After a recent foray into the debate over Australia’s so-called “climate election”, I received plenty of critical replies to my argument that Australians should take climate action more seriously. The most common rebuttal was...

Is it Worth Debating Climate Deniers and ‘Skeptics’?

Is it Worth Debating Climate Deniers and ‘Skeptics’?

As advocates, we naturally want to persuade others we come in contact with to act, to do something or change the way they approach the world. As climate advocates, we’re torn between persuading people (with the means to) to change their habits while pressuring governments to adequately regulate the industries who ruin our planet with...

Marvel Studios Marvels us with Lessons on Equality and Diversity

Marvel Studios Marvels us with Lessons on Equality and Diversity

Movies are some of the biggest sources of entertainment today. From cinema visits to personalised Netflix content, films have remained the permanent fix in popular culture and entertainment. Every now and then, a movie comes along and goes beyond the realm of pop culture and entertainment. It stretches into mainstream public consciousness and becomes a cultural...

Economic Disadvantage: How the Green Economy Benefits the Privileged and Condemns the Poor

Economic Disadvantage: How the Green Economy Benefits the Privileged and Condemns the Poor

According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the biggest economies in the world are the United States and China. Along with these two countries are other industrialised countries like Japan, Germany and the United Kingdom. With trillions of dollars in GDP, these countries sit at the top of the world’s economic pyramids and along with...

I’m Breaking Up with Sustainable Fashion

I’m Breaking Up with Sustainable Fashion

It’s warm, diverse, and passionate – yet sometimes myopic, exclusionary, and pandering. Researching the supply chains, power dynamics, and western apathy that make global exploitation possible and profitable in the fashion industry helped me grow throughout my teens and early 20s into a more well-rounded political advocate, however, as I gather expertise in the particulars...

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...