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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...

View From the Hill: Shorten Had the Content, Morrison Had the Energy in First Election Debate

View From the Hill: Shorten Had the Content, Morrison Had the Energy in First Election Debate

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra. The Perth studio audience of undecided voters gave the campaign’s first rdebate to Bill Shorten by a decisive margin. Of the 48 present, 25 thought the opposition leader won, 12 believed the night was Morrison’s and...

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...

Australians Throw Out $8.9b Worth of Good Food Each Year. Here’s How to Cut Food Waste…

Australians Throw Out $8.9b Worth of Good Food Each Year. Here’s How to Cut Food Waste…

According to the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation, 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted globally each year; that’s one-third of all food produced worldwide either spoilt in transit or thrown out by consumers. Australia is one of the highest food-wasting countries per capita, ranked fourth in the world. With limited arable land and climate...

Concrete: The Quiet Greenhouse Gas Emitter Beneath Your Feet

Concrete: The Quiet Greenhouse Gas Emitter Beneath Your Feet

When you think of polluting industries, you probably imagine extractive fuel endeavors like coal or oil, and maybe wag a finger towards the garment industry or the ubiquitous use of plastics, also a product of the oil industry. However, there are other, silent industries with less public exposure damaging the planet at alarming rates. Concrete...

Government Advertising May be Legal, But it’s Corrupting Our Electoral Process

Government Advertising May be Legal, But it’s Corrupting Our Electoral Process

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Joo-Cheong Tham, Professor, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne. The Coalition government’s use of taxpayer money for political advertising – as much as A$136 million since January, according to Labor figures – is far from an aberration in Australia. It is part of a sordid...

The Baptist World Aid Ethical Fashion Guide: A Skeptic’s Appraisal

The Baptist World Aid Ethical Fashion Guide: A Skeptic’s Appraisal

A little over a week ago the 2019 Ethical Fashion Guide was published by Baptist World Aid Australia. As the name suggests, the report is a comprehensive review of the activities of Australia brands in line with ethical practices and sustainability. The Ethical Fashion Guide highlights which Australian brands are making positive strides and meeting these...