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Protein is the new black: how your food choices can help save the planet

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

(New blog post from Prof Andy Lowe)

We are starting to see some pretty interesting dietary trends that aim to lower our meat consumption, but they are not based on the traditional ethical or health grounds, but now on environmental and climate impact grounds.

Whilst the number of people turning to vegetarianism (no meat) and veganism (no animal products) is increasing, we are also seeing the emergence of other dietary trends - flexitarian and climatarian.

If these terms are new to you, here's a quick definition:

Flexitarian stands for flexible vegetarian, and is someone who has a mainly plant-caused diet but occasionally eats meat and animal products. The concept has been around for sometime though, and the American Dialect Society voted it the most useful word back in 2003.

A Climatarian is someone who chooses their food based on climate footprint. We know that more greenhouses gases are emitted in the production of animal protein, and beef more than chicken, and both more than plants. So climatarians seek to reduce high-green-house-gas-emitting foods in their diet. Although not completely removing meat from their diet, the Harvard School of Public Health has recommended that climatarians consume one standard serve of meat a week, or 65g. A climaratian will also typically try to eat locally produced and sourced foods to reduce food miles and the green houses gases involved in their transport.

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Read the full post here.


Road expansion in the Congo

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

A new article evaluating the the road expansion in the vast Congo Basin has been released in Nature Sustainability.

Some key conclusions:

  1. Since 2003, nearly 100,000 kilometers of new roads have been built in the Congo Basin.
  2. On average, the rate of forest destruction associated with new roads has quadrupled over time.
  3. In the largest Congo nation, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), new roads lead to 2-3 times more deforestation than they do in other Congo nations.
  4. In the largest Congo nation, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), new roads lead to 2-3 times more deforestation than they do in other Congo nations.
  5. A rapid influx of foreign investment from China and other nations, often focused on exploiting timber, minerals, and fossil fuels, is a critical threat to Congo ecosystems. Because of widespread corruption, many high-risk projects are being approved in African nations.
  6. There is considerable scope to improve sustainability of selective-logging operations by closing disused logging roads. This sharply reduces deforestation and limits poaching.
  7. Except for the DRC, timber concessions in the Congo have less deforestation, and higher rates of road abandonment and forest recovery, than do areas outside concessions.
  8. Many wildlife species, such as forest elephants, gorillas, and chimpanzees, are highly vulnerable to current and future road-expansion trends.
  9. Unless limited by better planning and law enforcement, road expansion will lead to major increases in carbon emissions from forest disruption, especially in remote areas of the Congo being opened up by new roads.

The article can be downloaded here. The press release can also be downloaded here.


EDO Qld: We’re under attack from the mining lobby

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

(From the Environmental Defenders Office Qld)

The Minerals Council and its allies have launched a media assault on EDO Qld in The Australian, accusing us of “frivolous and vexatious” litigation and calling on our state funding to be slashed.

The mining industry used these same dirty lies when the Newman Government slashed our funding in 2012 – and we’re worried it’ll happen again.

That’s why we need to show the state government our community legal centre has the overwhelming support of everyday Australians like you against the big mining companies.

You can help EDO Qld by signing the petition here, calling on the state government to resist the attacks on EDO Qld and their clients.


What Price Is The Rainbow?

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

(From the Alliance of Leading Researchers and Thinkers' latest research highlight)

What do these three things—climate regulation, diarrhea, and water quality—have in common?

The surprising answer: intact forests.

Forests are famous for their vital role in storing carbon. But new research is revealing equally critical benefits of forests in regulating the planet’s temperature and providing stable supplies of fresh water.

The moisture from forests can be thought of as rainbow water because of its colors: green (water used and emitted by plants), blue (water we drink), and grey (water we waste).

Read the full article here.


Saving our Migratory Shorebirds: What's law got to do with it? (YouTube)

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Saving our Migratory Shorebirds: What's law got to do with it?

This video captures five presentations that took place at the recent International Law and Global Governance (ILGG) Program public lecture which examined, for the first time, the conservation of migratory shorebirds at the intersection of law and science. It asks the question: are our laws doing enough to protect these unique and endangered species?


Angus Taylor and Josh Frydenberg must front public over Critically Endangered grasslands clearing

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

(From Humane Society International's latest media release)

Documents obtained by Guardian Australia this week have raised serious questions about the protection of Australia's most threatened habitats, revealing that Federal Minister Angus Taylor held meetings with then Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg about a Critically Endangered grassland that a company Taylor has a financial interest in was under investigation for illegally poisoning.

Making matters worse, Minister Frydenberg's office then canvassed whether he had the power to weaken the grasslands' protections by lowering their conservation status or changing the rules surrounding how their condition, and thus importance in the eyes of the law, is determined. The Minister's office also asked the Department whether such changes would be open to legal challenge and if they could be kept secret.

"It's extremely inappropriate that Angus Taylor sought meetings about Critically Endangered grasslands a company he has a financial interest in was under investigation for poisoning. That they were granted and led to Josh Frydenberg's office asking if protections could be watered down and done so secretly is beyond belief. The Minister and Treasurer must explain their conduct,” said Evan Quartermain, Humane Society International's Head of Programs.

Read the full media release here.


Climate Action Resources

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

(From the Department of Environment and Science's latest edition of the 30x30 newsletter)

Check out some of these great resources to inspire and support climate action:


Environmental Podcasts

Monday, 24 June 2019

Here are a few links to some interesting podcasts that can be downloaded and played anytime, whether you are driving to work or staying at home.

Total Environment Centre (TEC)

The Total Environment Centre (TEC) believes in a fairer, greener world for all. We’ve worked with you for over 40 years to preserve the ecosystems that support living landscapes and healthy communities across Australia. With over 100 eco victories behind us, and more community-focused campaigns ahead, TEC has the roadmap for our journey into the future.

You can listen to their episodes here, covering relevant environmental issues in Australia such as plastic pollution, sustainability in different industries, saving wild koalas, and more.


Climate Council

Get the latest climate change news and information on the go from Australia’s leading climate scientists and experts. The Climate Council Podcast offers short bursts of credible and authoritative climate science information, investigating extreme weather, solutions and how you can make a difference to help tackle climate change.

Listen to the Climate Council Podcast here.


The Environment Show

We do our best not to preach. Instead we look at the big picture and big issues, the common sense solutions to our environmental problems, and the unusual stories which remind us of our brilliant connection with the real world - nature.

Covers environmental news, issues, interviews, best practice, leaders, heroes, jobs, places, events and films.

The podcast is available on Apple Podcasts here.


Drilled

Secret documents, psychological warfare, whistleblowers, media manipulation, this is a story that has it all. Join us as we uncover the mechanics of the longest-running and most elaborate propaganda campaign of the century—the creation and spread of climate change denial—and why it's been so effective.

The podcast is available on Apple Podcasts here.

Keep an eye out on our What's New page as we will be recommending more interesting environmental podcasts in the future!


Save Snubby, Talisman Sabre 2019: Defend the environment from Defence

Friday, 21 June 2019

(From the Friends of the Earth Brisbane)

In July this year, Australia will once again host huge joint US – AUS military exercises primarily along the Queensland coast, mainly within or traversing the Great Barrier Reef. Talisman Sabre 2019 will bring 25,000 US and Australian troops to the Shoalwater Bay, Bundaberg Region, Rockhampton, Capricorn Coast, Stanage Bay, the Duke Islands, Mackay, The Whitsundays, Bowen, Proserpine, Gladstone, Townsville, Amberley, Evans Head, NSW and their surrounds.

Talisman Sabre’s key location, Shoalwater Bay, is part of (or within) the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The wetlands at Shoalwater Bay are Ramsar listed wetlands, significant to migratory birds. The sea grass beds at Shoalwater and other Talisman Sabre locations are critical to Dugong. Only recently identified as a unique species, Snubfin Dolphins have been found in these waters.

As you know, the Snubfin Dolphin is listed as Vulnerable in Queensland and is protected as a migratory cetacean. Living in small groups, localised populations of these little-known inshore dolphins are vulnerable to coastal habitat loss and boating activity.

Read the full letter from the Friends of the Earth Brisbane here.

Visit their website to learn how you can help with this issue.


Climate crisis demands more government action as emissions rise

Friday, 21 June 2019

(Latest news from Climate Action Tracker)

Amid growing public concern as climate impacts start to bite, governments must take bold action to address the rise in greenhouse gas emissions, but most of them are not, said the Climate Action Tracker at the Bonn climate talks on the 19th of June, as it released its latest update of government action.

Visit this page to read the full press release and briefing paper.


Plastic is a Global Health Crisis, and it Requires Global Solutions

Friday, 21 June 2019

(From the Center for International Environmental Law)

The world’s plastic addiction is causing hidden but pervasive health impacts. At every stage in its lifecycle, plastic exposes us to toxic chemicals and pollutants that are leaching into our food and water and even showing up in our bloodstreams. With fracked gas driving a new plastics boom, this huge, concealed health risk requires rapid international action.

Explore CIEL's blog post on key takeaways from the report and proposed global solutions.


Reclaim Kosci, DIY Drip Irrigation and Friends of the Forest

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Below are some articles highlighting the urgency in protecting the Kosciuszko National Park from the damage being caused by feral horses, the uses of a solar-powered drip-irrigation system for dryland farmers and the role of the Friends of the Forest (Mogo, NSW) in stopping the logging of native forests.

Click the links below to download the articles:


Keeping native animals as pets risks both conservation and animal welfare

Monday, 17 June 2019

(From Humane Society International's latest media release)

Humane Society International (HSI) is highly critical of the South Australian Government's move to deregulate the keeping of native animals as pets.

The conservation and animal welfare charity says the government is parroting industry propaganda in defending the move.

On June 13, the state government announced it has added 40 more species to the list of species you can keep as a pet without a permit from 1 July, bringing the total number of species exempt from permits to 98.

"The SA Department of Environment makes the claim that keeping native animals as pets encourages people to care for the environment. Whereas ample evidence shows the pet trade is a major threat to the world's wildlife. Encouraging a flourishing pet trade in wild animals encourages illegal take from the wild which threatens wild conservation,” said Nicola Beynon Head of Campaigns for HSI.

The UN issued a report in May warning that 1 million species are threatened with extinction and placed direct exploitation as the No 2 culprit for that statistic, second only to habitat loss. A major UN meeting in Geneva in August will see world governments voting on extra regulations for hundreds of species whose wild conservation is directly threatened by the pet trade.

"South Australia is heading in the wrong direction on this one and seems to be taking their advice and talking points from the wildlife traders themselves.

"HSI encourages anyone who wants a pet to rescue one of the thousands of abandoned cats and dogs in Australia every year, rather than fuelling a commercial trade that does not have the animal's best interests at heart,” concluded Ms Beynon.

Media contact:
For interviews with Nicola Beynon, Head of Campaigns at HSI please contact:
Benjamin Vozzo, HSI Communications Coordinator - 0450 258 057 or (02) 9973 1728


These 28 companies are making nuclear weapons

Monday, 17 June 2019

(From ICAN)

ICAN partner organization PAX has released new research that shows which 28 private companies are involved in building nuclear weapons.

Click here to see which companies you need to avoid

The research shows that these companies are fuelling a new nuclear arms race and putting the world in danger and should be blacklisted by any responsible bank and financial institution.

Read the full report here.


Alliance to End Plastic Waste

Monday, 17 June 2019

What is the 'Alliance to End Plastic Waste'?


We are a not-for-profit organization, partnering with the finance community, government and civil society, including environmental and economic development NGOs. We are working to make the dream of a world without plastic waste a reality. We have a strong team composed of the world’s top minds from across the entire plastics value chain — chemical and plastic manufacturers, consumer goods companies, retailers, converters, and waste management companies.


Their mission: ELIMINATE PLASTIC WASTE IN OUR ENVIRONMENT


Plastics provide health, safety, sustainability and convenience benefits, especially in the developing world where plastic products have helped improve living standards, hygiene and nutrition. They have an important place in our world — but not in our environment.


Current projects


City Partnerships
The City Partnerships project is the most comprehensive and complex of the Alliance’s initiatives. These partnerships will help enable the design, demonstration and scaling up of infrastructure systems to collect, manage and recycle waste in cities that struggle with unmanaged waste. The City Partnerships team is collaborating with multiple partners to explore seven initial city partnerships in India, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam. The Alliance team is assessing the feasibility of end-to-end waste management systems incorporating a variety of solutions from a technical, economic and community engagement perspective in each location. We hope to formalize several of these partnerships in the coming months, allowing the Alliance to have a tangible and meaningful impact this year.

Global Information Project
The lack of detailed information about the sources, availability, concentrations and locations of specific types of waste that can be put to valuable use is one of the greatest obstacles to investments that will help keep waste out of the environment. The Alliance’s Global Information Project team is developing an open source, science-based database that will provide users with reliable and actionable plastic leakage information. This information will be critical to attract the large-scale public and private investment needed to tackle the challenge. The Alliance team is completing the first phase of work and will begin discussions with potential partners to support data collection, system development and sustained system management in the weeks ahead.

Renew Oceans
The Ganges is one of the top 10 polluting rivers in the world, by some estimates contributing approximately 1.2 billion pounds of plastic waste annually to the ocean, making it an ideal location for Renew Oceans to launch its first project, “Renew Ganga.”. Work is already underway to collect existing waste before the monsoon season arrives; deploy community-based “reverse vending machines” to incentivize people with coupons and discounts for local transportation; and to construct a formal collection shed, complete with baler, to help local residents increase their revenue while diverting more plastics and empowering the community. In the weeks and months ahead, more systems will be deployed helping communities gain a deeper understanding of the importance (and the value) of keeping plastic waste out of the environment.

Visit their website here.


Plastic pollution and climate change and an exciting opportunity from Nat Geo

Monday, 17 June 2019

(From the Break Free From Plastic Movement)

NEW REPORT: The plastic pollution crisis isn’t only affecting our health and the environment, it’s also worsening the climate crisis. A groundbreaking report from #breakfreefromplastic member Center for International Environmental Law highlights the connections between our plastic addiction and the climate.

Read the article here.

The Ocean Plastic Innovation Challenge

The Ocean Plastic Innovation Challenge, a key component of National Geographic and Sky Ocean Ventures’ partnership to reduce plastic waste, asks problem solvers from around the globe to develop novel solutions to tackle the world’s plastic waste crisis.

More than 9 million tons of plastic waste end up in our oceans each year, and without interventions, this number is expected to almost double to 17 million tons per year by 2025. The Ocean Plastic Innovation Challenge will focus on three strategic ways to address this growing crisis: designing alternatives to single-use plastic, identifying opportunities for industries to address plastic waste throughout supply chains, and effectively communicating the need for action through data visualization.

Teams will compete for aggregate prize purses of up to $500,000, and qualified participating teams may have the opportunity to receive a minimum of $1 million in aggregate investment from Sky Ocean Ventures.

See full competition details here.


TERN: Australia's land ecosystem observatory

Monday, 17 June 2019

Understanding ecosystem change, the rate of change, and underlying causes is essential for effectively protecting and managing Australia’s environment and the many services it provides.

TERN delivers:

  • Data from TERN’s ecosystem field observatory, including plot data on soil and vegetation; gas, energy, and water exchange data; remote sensing data; and modelled data products about soil, climate, and landscape attributes;
  • Tools for the research community including nationally consistent field methods, vegetation and soil samples for physical analysis, data collection apps, and data publishing tools; and
  • Infrastructure that supports the discovery, access, and re-use of TERN data and other ecosystem data housed in our systems.

You can visit their page here.

TERN has recently secured funding of $200,000 a year for activities in Western Australia. Read more from the Director's update here.


Fossil Free News: Money talks

Monday, 17 June 2019

(From Fossil Free News)

Financial flows from banks and insurers to oil and gas companies are an important lever. If we can stop the funding, pipelines and drilling sites cannot go ahead, and fossil fuels will have to stay where they belong: in the ground.

G20 ministers are holding multiple meetings in Japan ahead of the main summit at the end of June. But they’re not showing enough leadership to stop the climate crisis. Repeatedly, we’ve seen leaders around the world stand down from their responsibility. Thankfully, local campaigns everywhere have their eye on the money.

Some of the movements going on around the world are highlighted in the images below:

Local campaign in Japan
Tokyo, Japan: A local campaign urges G20 leaders to put the climate crisis at the top of their agenda. Photo: 350 Japan

Campaign in Colombia
Two protestors demand "Colombia say no to fracking" and "We want living rivers" in Bogotá. Photo: Cristina Juliana

Protestors in Dallas, Texas
Photo: Outside Exxon’s shareholder meeting in Dallas, Texas. Photo: 350 Dallas

Protestors in South Africa
On 30 May, people in South Africa call on shareholders to pass a climate resolution. Photo: Dean Daleski

BREAKING: Huge court win over Adani

Saturday, 15 June 2019

(From the Environmental Defenders Office QLD)

The Federal Government has officially conceded the case we brought against it on behalf of the Australian Conservation Foundation, over the assessment of Adani’s North Galilee Water Scheme.

It’s a huge win – not just for our client but for the whole community, who have raised deep concerns about the effect this project would have on our precious water resources during a time of extreme drought.

Today’s win ensures the community’s voices will be heard over Adani’s North Galilee Water Scheme – the plan to pump up to 12.5 billion litres of water a year from the Suttor River to the company’s Carmichael minesite.

In conceding the case, the Federal Government has admitted it failed to read thousands of valid public submissions about if and how the project should be assessed, in direct breach of the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Now the Federal Government will need to go back to the drawing board and open up assessment of the project for public comment again. It is a humiliating setback for the Federal Government.

It’s a big moment in the Adani story, and it couldn’t have happened without the bold vision of ACF in launching the case, backed by the hard work and expertise of the legal team here at EDO Qld.

Taking on and winning legal battles like this isn’t cheap. EDO Qld’s work towards this win is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Our clients are mostly non-profit community groups. They make a highly-valued contribution to our work on these cases, but no matter how generous they are it is never enough to cover the full cost of such cases.

Cases such as this don’t even get off the ground without the whole community pitching in to hold the government to account and ensuring companies in Australia follow Australian law.

To learn more about the win and how you can help EDO Qld, visit this page.


New documentary: "The beginning of the end of nuclear weapons"

Saturday, 15 June 2019

(From ICAN Australia)

A new 1-hour documentary on the nuclear weapon ban treaty and the surrounding campaign is available to screen for its Australian premiere on Sunday 7 July and beyond. That date is the second anniversary of the treaty's adoption at the UN.

"The beginning of the end of nuclear weapons" was directed by Álvaro Orús for the Pressenza news agency.

You can view the trailer and learn more about it here: here.


Have your say on Australia’s air pollution standards

Saturday, 15 June 2019

(From Environmental Justice Australia)

We have a rare opportunity to strengthen air pollution standards in Australia.

This year, state and territory environment ministers are reviewing outdated national standards for some of the worst air pollutants, including toxic pollutants from coal-fired power stations.

We're hosting community forums in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and a national webinar online so you can have your say on what ends up in the air we breathe. Will you join us?

Health experts recommend stricter air pollution standards to protect communities.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends a standard for sulfur dioxide that is 11 times stricter than the current Australian standard.

A number of Australian communities are exposed daily to harmful levels of pollutants that exceed the WHO standards, especially in communities closest to power stations and major roadways.

The good news is the review provides us with an opportunity to fix this by pressuring ministers to strengthen national air pollution standards.

Last time the national air pollution standards were reviewed during 2015, our actions resulted in ministers adopting stricter standards for particle pollution.

Together, we can influence the review process and secure clean air for all Australians.

Thanks for supporting the campaign,

Nicola, James, Bronya, Nick, Max and Liv
– the Clean Air Team

Read more about the review process for strengthening national air pollution standards here.


The Commons: a social change library

Saturday, 15 June 2019

The Commons vision is an Australia that has well informed, skilled, collaborative and effective movements for social and ecological justice.

This online library is a space for education and learning. Our collections include articles, manuals, training materials and practical guides to inform and equip you to influence public policy and engage in political structures.

We gather the best campaigning and organising resources from Australia and around the world.

We view the collective intelligence of people as part of the commons so we gather and share the best thinking of people involved in social change to support future action.

Guided by this concept the Commons:

  • Is free of cost to use and does not operate for profit
  • Is equitable, inclusive and accessible
  • Aims to be beneficial to many
  • Reflects inputs from many
  • Has a culture that celebrates cooperation and collaboration

Visit the online library here.

To see more of these helpful resources, visit our Interesting Websites page.


UN decides to control global plastic waste dumping

Friday, 14 June 2019

(From Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives)

187 countries took a major step forward in curbing the plastic waste crisis by adding plastic to the Basel Convention, a treaty that controls the movement of hazardous waste from one country to another. The amendment requires exporters to obtain the consent of receiving countries before shipping most contaminated, mixed, or unrecyclable plastic waste, providing an important tool for countries in the Global South to stop the dumping of unwanted plastic waste into their country.

Read the full press release here.


A few words from Frank Ondrus, President of HOPE Inc. (Australia)

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Good morning folks,

At our recent quarterly Ordinary Meeting, the matter of “grassroots involvement in major environmental issues of concern” was raised, once again.

Therefore, I ask you to consider having local “conversations” with family, friends, neighbours, work colleagues and/or members of other community groups with which you may be involved. What are your issues of concern?

A good staring point is the HOPE motto of “Think Globally, Act Locally”.

What’s happening internationally? See initiatives such as:

What’s happening in Australia? See envNGOs such as:

I would like to hear of your issues of concern and/or any other international or national NGOs or program initiatives that we should be working with to further promote best practice methods for living more sustainably.

Regards,

Frank Ondrus, President – HOPE Inc., ph 07 4639 2135


ICAN: Australian cities behind the ban

Monday, 10 June 2019

The ICAN Cities Appeal is a global call from cities and towns in support of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Nuclear weapons pose an unacceptable threat to people everywhere. This is why, on 7 July 2017, 122 nations voted to adopt the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. All national governments are now invited to sign and ratify this crucial global agreement, which prohibits the use, production and stockpiling of nuclear weapons and lays the foundations for their total elimination. Cities and towns can help build support for the treaty by endorsing the ICAN Cities Appeal.

Check whether your local council has already endorsed the Cities Appeal here. If they are not listed, use this action tool to write to your council now!

Support the UN Treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons

Sign the petition here and help us reach our goal of 500 signatures!


Latest articles from Eco-Business

Monday, 10 June 2019

Below are some interesting articles from Eco-Business's latest newsletter:

Climate change or climate crisis? To really engage people, the media should talk about solutions

To better convey the urgency of climate change, The Guardian has altered its style guide, spurring other media to consider switching to terms such as climate breakdown or crisis. How else can the media effectively tell the climate story?

Read the full story here.


Startups strive to recycle emissions for 'new carbon economy'

Converting CO2 into new materials has been a niche industry so far, and startups are innovating ways for nascent solutions to go commercial.

Read the full story here.


Big Pharma emits more greenhouse gases than the automotive industry

In a first, researchers find that the pharmaceutical industry is a significant contributor to global warming, and is dirtier than the global car industry. Companies with the lowest emissions are also the most profitable.

Read the full story here.


Could snow be the next source of clean energy?

Two scientists have developed a device that captures the electrical charge from falling snow.

Read the full story here.


Eco-Business is the leading digital media company serving Asia Pacific’s clean technology, smart cities, responsible business and sustainable development community. Our platforms and services include the award-winning Eco-Business.com site, custom publications, market research and whitepapers, multimedia production, consultancy, training and high-impact bespoke events catered to deepen discussions on sustainability.

They are headquartered in Singapore, with a presence in Sydney, Manila, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong.


Is your money being invested in nuclear weapons?

Monday, 10 June 2019

(From International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons)

Ever wonder if your money is directly connected to nuclear weapons? A new report by PAX and ICAN exposes the banks and financial institutions behind the $748 billion being invested in nuclear weapons companies from the private sector.

Find out if your bank is funding nuclear weapons

The report shows that the companies building nuclear weapons, such as Boeing and Lockheed Martin, are not only receiving billion dollar contracts from the nuclear-armed states [1], they are also being funded by banks, insurance companies and pension funds. Read the full report here.

But the report also found something else: client pressure to stop these investments is working. In the last year, almost 100 financial institutions stopped financing nuclear weapons. Some of these can be traced directly back to the requests made by clients- like you, and others directly cite the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons as a pressing reason to stop these ‘soon-to-be-illegal’ investments [2].

Most financial institutions want to do two things: make money and keep their clients happy. If you, as a client, aren’t happy with how your money is being used, you can demand a change. So check your bank, insurance and pension fund today and if they’re on the list, give Customer Service a call and tell them: Don’t Bank on the Bomb!

Thank you.

Susi Snyder, Author, Don't Bank on the Bomb.
International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

[1] Producing mass destruction: Private companies and the nuclear weapons industry | Don’t Bank on the Bomb
[2] Shorting our security- Financing the companies that make nuclear weapons | Don’t Bank on the Bomb

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The Mulloon Institute: A Note from the Chairman

Friday, 7 June 2019

The Mulloon Institute (TMI) is a not-for-profit research, education and advocacy organisation that actively demonstrates, monitors and shares innovative approaches to regenerative land management.

As a not-for-profit and charity organisation, TMI has a limited number of specialists trained to deal with continuous enquiries about "Regenerating Australia" and ensure that it can pass on this knowledge as effectively and quickly as possible.

"To this end we conduct regular workshops and field days at Mulloon Creek Natural Farms not only for training but also so that participants and visitors can see first-hand the success of TMI’s program. We also established Mulloon Consulting Contracting & Certifying (MCCC) and its employees are travelling to many parts of Australia providing advice in helping farmers and communities set up programs suitable for their landscapes."

"As you can image this is all costly and we can only expand as fast as resources permit."

"In order to satisfy the need and accelerate our work, as soon as possible, TMI is making a special effort as we approach the end of the financial year to attract donations."

Making a donation is easy and is fully tax-deductible. To donate, please click here.


Mangrove Sustainability Project in Mombasa County, Kenya

Friday, 7 June 2019

What is the Brain Youth Group?

The Brain Youth Group is a non-profit organization that works towards the sustainable development of Junda Mission village. The group is engaged in revenue generating activities, like fish ponds and a mangrove nursery that allow the funding of other projects: mangrove reforestation in Tudor Creek and educational programs. BYG activities will allow Junda village grow economically while preserving the environment.

Their mission
Work for the sustainable development of Mombasa County by providing alternative sources of income while preserving the environment.

Their vision
Totally restore the mangroves at Tudor Creek and reduce poverty, unemployment and malnutrition in Mombasa County.

Objectives

  • Plant mangroves at Tudor Creek and reverse current mangrove deforestation
  • Educate local villagers on the important role that mangroves play in the ecosystem
  • Educate local villagers on other relevant topics such as HIV and nutrition
  • Create fish ponds as a source of revenue and employment for local community and fresh fish

The Brain Youth Group is based at Junda Village, Kisauni constituency in Mombasa County, Kenya.

See how the Group is making a difference through their mangrove rehabilitation project here.

Learn more about the Brain Youth Group here.


Updates from BirdLife Australia

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

What birds might you see in the month of June?

  • Overwintering Sanderlings foraging on ocean beaches in southern Australia
  • Restless Flycatchers in northern Australia
  • Displaying Superb Lyrebirds in south-eastern Australia
  • Swift Parrots in south-eastern mainland Australia

Visit this page from BirdLife's website to find out more interesting facts.


Making YOUR BIRDING count

Birdata is the way we collaboratively and scientifically collect data to gain insight and protect Australia's birds.

Become part of our national bird monitoring community and make your birding count. Sign up for a BirdLife Australia username and password to start entering data immediately through our app or here on the website.

Visit this page to join Birdata today!


Join BirdLife Australia today

Become a Wildlife Protector and help save threatened birds from extinction.

As a Wildbird Protector, you can take part in local bird research and conservation activities and events in your area.

You will receive the FREE online edition of the award-winning Australian Birdlife magazine, published quarterly.

Visit this page to join BirdLife's Wildlife Protector community.


ICAN: Risk of nuclear war now highest since Second World War

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

(Latest posting from ICAN and The Action Network)

Senior U.N. security expert Renata Dwan says the risk of nuclear weapons being used is at its highest since the Second World War. Watch the video here.


Latest activity from the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)

Saturday, 25 May 2019

In a recent ICAN Campaigners Newsletter, it is reported that 41 candidates have "pre-pledged" to work for Australia to sign and ratify the nuclear weapon ban.

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) is a coalition of non-governmental organizations in one hundred countries promoting adherence to and implementation of the United Nations nuclear weapon ban treaty.

So far, there are 70 signatories to the Treaty and 23 states parties.

ICAN presently has 541 partners in 103 countries.

ICAN has over 60 Australian partners, but Australia has yet to sign the ban. Visit ICAN Australia to learn how you can take action.


Focus on Farms photo competition

Friday, 17 May 2019

(From the Gomaren & Doctors Creek Catchment Landcare Group Inc.)

Competition is open to all residents, schools and Landcare groups within the Toowoomba Regional Council area. Winners will be announced 20 September at Kingsthorpe Presentation Evening. Entry is $1.00 (open-age) or 50c (U18) per photo.

For full details, download the flyer here.