Posts in: environment

Bankrupting Dissent

Winter/Spring 2008

The federal minister for destroying the environment, Peter Garrett, has made a series of outrageous pro-business decisions, including approval of the Gunns pulp mill near Launceston, the dredging of Port Phillip Bay and a desalination plant near Wonthaggi. All three projects pose considerable risks to the environment and have led to the formation of local… Read more »

Despair is not an option!

Winter/Spring 2007

Every night, a strange thing happens at Snowy Hydro’s Tumut 3 power station. Water that flows downhill from the Talbingo reservoir is pumped uphill for use the next day. The huge network of dams is nearly dry. It’s an excellent example of how a sustainable economy needs a sustainable environment. This country has neither. Unless… Read more »

Red Earth: A socialist perspective on climate change

Summer/Autumn 2007

No one in charge. When I was a teenager, I stayed in the Victorian goldfields town of Castlemaine. Even then, it was obvious to me that something was wrong in the way people dealt with the natural world. The ecosystem was so stressed that you could see the box forest disappearing. In that case, unregulated… Read more »

Water is a feminist issue

Summer/Autumn 2007

Victoria burning, Melburnians choking from the smoke, parched land everywhere. This is life in the southeast corner of the earth’s driest continent. Across the Pacific, on the U.S.-Canadian border, pre-Christmas storms flooded homes, cut power and blocked main roads. On Christmas day, post-tsunami Aceh and North Sumatra were once again under water and mud. These… Read more »

Terminator Trio Defeated!

Winter/Spring 2006

The UN Convention on Biological Diversity met in Brazil last March. On the agenda was terminator, or gene sterilisation, technology. Three governments — Australia, Canada and New Zealand — were dubbed the “Terminator Trio” when they teamed up to try and overturn a global moratorium on terminator technology, which prevents farmers saving and reusing seeds…. Read more »

Port Phillip Dredging – Corporate Welfare and Environmental Vandalism

Summer/Autumn 2006

Melbourne has an asset that many of the world’s great cities must envy. It’s Port Phillip Bay, a 2000 square kilometre inlet teeming with marine life, despite 170 years of urban pollution. Fishing, tourism and recreation mean that the bay is one of Australia’s most economically productive bodies of water. Directly and indirectly, it generates… Read more »

Responding to the Tragedy in the Indian Ocean

Summer/Autumn 2005

Catastrophic. This is the only way to describe the deaths, injuries, disease and destruction resulting from the terrible earthquake and subsequent tsunamis in the Indian Ocean. Many communities have been obliterated. In an outpouring of grief and solidarity, people around the world are donating with a passionate desire to help in some small way. No… Read more »

Save the forests and fight the bosses!

Summer/Autumn 2005

In bed with the enemy. Without a doubt, the ugliest sight of the Federal election was members of the forestry division of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union cheering John Howard. When workers — especially those organised in unions — put their hopes in the re-election of a viciously anti-worker Prime Minister, something has… Read more »