Posts in: environment

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 »

Your Say

Summer/Autumn 2005

Capitalist education disgusting As a young queer woman of color in America, I wanted to express my deepest gratitude for your article on Helen Keller (FS Bulletin # 31), but also my outrage at the public school education I received, which misrepresented Helen Keller as only “a famous blind woman who overcame adversity.” Capitalist education… Read more »

Genetic Engineering and the Patenting of Life

Winter/Spring 2004

Basmati rice, potatoes that glow when “thirsty” and a highland man from Papua New Guinea would seem, on the face of it, to have little in common. In fact, they form part of a rapidly growing group of organisms whose very essence — their DNA — has been patented by corporations seeking to claim private… Read more »