Fri Feb 13th – Break up with Fossil Fuels in the Mall! 11am

On February 13 Adelaide is joining the global movement to divest from fossil fuels. We invite you to join us in the Rundle Mall to learn about the divestment movement and take action against dangerous climate change.

Hear from speakers and take part in this global event as we travel from the West to the East side of Rundle Mall.

Please wear ORANGE and lots of it 🙂

Together, we will show that we are a truly global and growing force to be reckoned with. As the fossil fuel industry throws more money at fossil fuel expansion, we will turn up the volume of our divestment movement. And we won’t stop until we win.

Organised by 350.org and the Conservation Council of SA

For more information see our Facebook event or contact Robyn robyn.wood@foe.org.au… Read more >>

Feb 2015 Nuclear Free Strategy and Campaign Planning Meeting in Melbourne

February 19-21, Melbourne

More information / register to attend:

Thursday 19: mia.pepper@ccwa.org.au

Friday 20 and Saturday 21: natwasley@gmail.com

Nuclear free friends and campaign supporters, 

The annual nuclear free strategy meeting will be held February 20-21 in Melbourne to discuss issues ranging from uranium exploration/ mining to mine rehabilitation, nuclear weapons, radioactive waste management, radiation and health.

This will be preceded by a day of planning on Thursday February 19 that will focus on specific uranium proposals and projects.

The meetings are open for anyone active in nuclear free campaigns or interested in becoming more involved this year.

2015 will throw up a range of challenges for the nuclear free movement in Australia and also some good opportunities to highlight problems and promote environmentally and socially just solutions to land use, economic development in remote areas and energy production.… Read more >>

Welcome to Adelaide FoE Notes

We’ve decided to launch a fortnightly newsletter to keep you up to date with FoE campaigns, interesting environmental news and reviews. You’re receiving this as a member, supporter or subscriber to Adelaide FoE, or as an activist interested in our campaigns. If you don’t want to receive future FoE Notes, just click on unsubscribe below.

Each issue will feature three or four items, sometimes on a common theme. Each item will have a link to more information online.

The theme for this issue is Democracy and Corporations.

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The Democracy Project

This book by activist, anarchist and author David Graeber (Debt: the first 5,000 years) is not just an insider view of Occupy Wall Street, but also a discussion on the nature of power and democrary.

He was there at the first gathering, where with support from friends from the Global Justice movement, he helped stop the protest being hijacked by the hierarchical WWP, who just wanted a march and list of demands. The OWS focus on a horizontal organisation, building the sort of activities we’d like to see, refusing to play the traditional protest games or issue a list of demands to the existing power structure are all important indicators of a deeper analysis of current power structures and the possibilities for change.

Here’s lots of interesting insider detail about what happened with the OWS movement which was not reported by mainstream media, coupled with an incisive and readable analysis of alternative political action.

The Chapter How change happens includes useful tips on consensus, dealing with police, and creating alternatives, complete with examples from Zuccotti Park and elsewhere.

An interesting analysis, compulsive reading. Highly recommended.

(Penguin, 2014)…

Klein’s Call to Arms

Screen Shot 2015-01-15 at 12.16.14 pmNaomi Klein’s latest book This Changes Everything is subtitled Capitalism vs The Climate. She looks at what’s been achieved in climate activism, and the progress of global trade talks, and suggests that any chance of a gradualist approach is gone, squandered over the last few decades:

“Put a little more simply: for more than two decades, we kicked the can down the road. During that time, we also expanded the road from a two-lane carbon-spewing highway to a six-lane superhighway. That feat was accomplished in large part thanks to the radical and aggressive vision that called for the creation of a single global economy based on the rules of free market fundamentalism, the very rules incubated in the right-wing think tanks now at the forefront of climate change denial. There is a certain irony at work: it is the success of their own revolution that makes revolutionary levels of transformation to the market system now our best hope of avoiding climate chaos.”

(p114, the chapter entitled “Coddling conservatives”)

The attempt not to scare the consumers is misguided:

“ As for pitching climate action as a way to protect America’s

high-consumerist “way of life”—that is either dishonest or delusional

because a way of life based on the promise of infinite growth cannot be

protected, least of all exported to every corner of the globe.” (p119)

Klein clearly recognizes that the rise of global capitalism and the growth of trade has

risen with the growth in emissions, and suggests that a radical response must also tackle inequality and reclaim the global commons.

“there is a direct relationship between breaking fossilized free market

rules and making swift progress on climate change. Which is why, if we

are to collectively meet the enormous challenges of this crisis, a

robust social movement will need to demand (and create) political

leadership that is not only committed to making polluters pay for a

climate-ready public sphere, but willing to revive two lost arts:

long-term public planning, and saying no to powerful corporations.”

( p234, in a chapter titled “Public and paid For”)

This is a well argued, well-researched polemic arguing that we need to grasp the opportunity to demand what’s needed.… Read more >>