Category: Politics

How Big Money Influenced the 2019 Federal Election – and What We Can Do to Fix the System

How Big Money Influenced the 2019 Federal Election – and What We Can Do to Fix the System

Amid the ongoing bushfire and coronavirus crises – and the political kerfuffle surrounding the Nationals and Greens – you’d be forgiven for missing the annual release of the federal political donations data this week. Nine months after the 2019 federal election, voters finally get a look at who funded the political parties’ campaigns. The data...

Accelerating Positive Change By Increasing Women’s Political Participation

Accelerating Positive Change By Increasing Women’s Political Participation

Note: This letter from the editor was originally published in our weekly newsletter and is being republished here. Happy Friday guys! With the Australian bushfires still raging in some regions (RIP to the US firefighters who lost their lives in the NSW bushfire plane crash) and other areas in drought, to get the rain we did over the last week...

NGOs Call for Immediate Action from U.S. Customs to Block Import of Palm Oil Produced Using Forced Labor

NGOs Call for Immediate Action from U.S. Customs to Block Import of Palm Oil Produced Using Forced Labor

New evidence of forced labor against Procter & Gamble’s joint venture partner, Malaysian company FGV Washington, D.C. – This week, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) announced it is suspending certification bids for the non-certified units of FGV Holdings Berhad (FGV) –– one of Malaysia’s largest palm oil companies and a joint venture partner...

The Most Important Issue Facing Australia? New Survey Sees Huge Spike in Concern Over Climate Change

The Most Important Issue Facing Australia? New Survey Sees Huge Spike in Concern Over Climate Change

While most Australians still view the economy as the most important issue facing the country, a new survey released today shows climate change is rapidly becoming a major concern, as well. Now in its 12th year, the Scanlon Foundation survey is the largest- and longest-running poll tracking public opinion on social cohesion, immigration, population and...

Why Don’t More Women Win Science Nobel Prizes?

Why Don’t More Women Win Science Nobel Prizes?

All of the 2019 Nobel Prizes in science were awarded to men. That’s a return to business as usual, after biochemical engineer Frances Arnold won in 2018, for chemistry, and Donna Strickland received the 2018 Nobel Prize in physics. Strickland was only the third female physicist to get a Nobel, following Marie Curie in 1903...

Misogyny, Male Rage and the Words Men Use to Describe Greta Thunberg

Misogyny, Male Rage and the Words Men Use to Describe Greta Thunberg

Detractors have dismissed Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg – a Nobel Prize nominee – as mentally ill, hysterical and a millennial weirdo after she pleaded with world officials last week to address the climate crisis. Here, two researchers explain the stereotypical labels deployed by critics to undermine Thunberg’s call to action, which the activist herself...

Green with Rage: Women Climate Change Leaders Face Online Attacks

Green with Rage: Women Climate Change Leaders Face Online Attacks

Women leaders who support climate action are being attacked online with increasing regularity. These attacks should be viewed as a problem not only for the planet, but also to the goals of achieving gender equality and more inclusive, democratic politics. Catherine McKenna, Canada’s environment and climate change minister, recently announced that she’s had to hire...

In the Democrats’ Bitter Race to Find a Candidate to Beat Trump, Might Elizabeth Warren Hold the Key?

In the Democrats’ Bitter Race to Find a Candidate to Beat Trump, Might Elizabeth Warren Hold the Key?

Conservative former congressman Joe Walsh recently announced he would challenge Donald Trump for the Republican Party’s 2020 Presidential nomination. Challenging an incumbent president is not new: both Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter faced very significant challenges when they sought a further term. But Trump’s hold on Republicans suggests that no challenge is likely to succeed....

Trump Hastens Climate Catastrophe by Slashing Endangered Species Act, Environmental Groups Sue

Trump Hastens Climate Catastrophe by Slashing Endangered Species Act, Environmental Groups Sue

Biodiversity is as much a part of the health of our planet as a balanced diet is part of our own wellbeing. Biodiversity describes the variety within and between species, or within and between ecosystems; generally, the greater the diversity the healthier the system. The more different kinds of species are found in an ecosystem,...

Can Environmental Populism Save the Planet?

Can Environmental Populism Save the Planet?

Populism and environmentalism are words seldom seen in the same sentence. One is associated predominantly with nationalists and charismatic leaders of “real people”, the other with broadly-based collective action to address the world’s single most pressing problem. Differences don’t get much starker, it would seem. But we are increasingly seeing the two strands combine in...

We Deserve a Climate Debate

We Deserve a Climate Debate

A couple of nights ago, half the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates took the debate stage for a second time. There are still twenty candidates trying to break out from the crowded field, many will ask a resounding “Who??” as former Maryland Rep. John Delaney, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, or Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan answer...