News from the Front Desk

On how to win: ask these three women

If you want to know how to lead a strong campaign on climate and sustainability ask the three women who fronted the C40 Women4Climate panel at a Sydney Town Hall dinner the other night, in a room full of women either already making a huge impact or well on the way.

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On green tape or whatever it takes – bring it on

News from the front desk 459: While koalas burn alive in the Port Macquarie bushfires that are sending smoke as far as Sydney, farms and farmers are dying, rivers are running dry, and topsoil is blowing away, the federal government looks to be preparing to further eviscerate sustainability policy.

On what we can learn from our First Peoples

Among the most inspirational things we’ve come across this year was a book by Indigenous academic Tyson Yunkaporta, released a few weeks ago.

On creative accounting and why it’s always worth looking under the hood

Think we’re running out of time to save the world from catastrophic warming? Well, it seems much of the corporate world might have given up on the tight timeline needed to meet the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees above preindustrial levels.

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On why Mobbs is just part of the chain reaction

News from the front desk 455: Michael Mobbs, one of Sydney’s most established sustainability gurus looks like he’s thrown in the towel on hope. He might not be throwing himself down on the streets as the Extinction Rebellion (XR) protesters are, but what he is doing could be more subversive.

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On why we could probably do without the feds altogether

News from the front desk 455: There have long been voices suggesting that three levels of government in Australia is simply impractical. But while state governments are often targeted for not doing enough, it’s the federal government that’s falling short on many key agenda items.

On why we're all activists now

On why we’re all activists now

News from the front desk 454:  What’s an activist? An activist might be a young schoolkid, sure. And because of this the climate “strike” attracted the ire of political leaders,…

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On why we called the next Tomorrowland I, human

News from the front desk 452: Tomorrowland is back. This year we’ve named our yearly signature event I, human in the climate emergency. The title was obvious. We have fast…

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Angels and Icarus: Crowd-funding a low-carbon transition

Angel investors, impact investors, ESD-focused venture capitalists, start-ups, crowd-funded equities, crowd-sourced funding … the ways money can be channelled to save the planet and deliver social and environmental good are multiplying at a rate of knots.

On the need for speed and is it just a nasty habit we need to break?

We’re amazingly quick on the uptake when it comes to some kinds of innovation – air travel for example, which has only been a thing for just under a century. But the cost of close to 100 years of flying has been a whole new source of pollution and carbon emissions.

On why the government cares, it really really cares… A bit.

On why the government cares, it really really cares… A bit

PM Scott Morrison has announced he will tackle plastic recycling. Good. It’s ugly. It’s also politically safe topic thanks to the rapid escalation of concern that a single program, The War on Waste managed to churn up among the mums and dads of everywhere.