Tag: environment

Damned Rivers: Chronicling the Murray-Darling Basin Region

The whole frame of the region as a Basin system may need to dissolve; it has been too caught in the lingering perception that the Murray is a ‘purposeful’ river, a gathering force that can be harnessed for the nation and capital.

The Metaphysics of Planetary Hope: Exploring texts on faith and practice in a technocapitalist world

A new consciousness cannot be built solely on a better scientific understanding of the world; it must be rooted in a different ontology, a different conception of reality.

On Sundressed: Fashion, Farming and Sustainability

By replacing its ‘take, pollute, discard’ model with one based on regenerative farming and clothes consumers can—and want to—wear every week for years, this self-destructive industry could do less harm—even good.

Fighting for the World-Forest: Left movements and deforestation in South America

The best hope for the Amazon is that Lula’s return and the strengthening of the environment ministry will hinder the destructive powers of other branches of the Brazilian state.

‘Your Lives Are Nothing to Me’: Political responses to the rise of climate as super-actor

It was not only the scale of social and material destruction of the world wars but the collective experience of suffering that enabled the post-conflict remaking of societies.

Hope in a Tailspin: Why we need different conversations in the midst of ecological crisis

I’m edgy when writing about the limits of hope. I’ve read many accounts that more or less insist that without this emotion there is nothing but bottomless despair. I don’t buy that.

Gaslit Futures: How Gas Giant Woodside Gets What It Wants

At a time when the International Energy Agency (IEA) has called for a total moratorium on opening any new coal, oil or gas projects to avoid climate disaster, Woodside is hell-bent on locking in increasing greenhouse gas emissions for decades to come.

Experiencing the Floods: Counting the Costs, Preparing for a Hostile Climate

We must get better at communicating risk so that communities have the best chance to prepare for the coming onslaughts—to make good decisions and take the best actions they can, whether in fires or floods, heatwaves or severe storms.

Gentle Creatures: Brisbane’s bush stone curlews in the shadow of extinction

Dean Biron

16 May 2022

Now it is the curlew that crouches like a ghost in the shadows of all of those lost creatures, waiting for that future time when it too will exist only in photographs or behind museum glass.

Wayward Growths: Permaculture, low tech and the ‘Freedom Movement’

Because permaculture is perceived as benign, generally harmless and peace-loving, its presence at freedom rallies speaks against the impression that the far Right is violent and dangerous.

Fracked Futures

If production proceeds in the Beetaloo Basin, it will unleash a carbon bomb of huge proportions, and expose the Northern Territory’s environment and people to numerous other risks associated with fracking, including contamination of groundwater supplies, which make up 90 per cent of the Territory’s consumptive water use.

Green Prometheans and the Fossil Brown Right

Now begins a new process, and for many from a ‘red–green’ nexus informed by past struggles and ides, it is a bittersweet moment.